Gender Justice Movement Around Women’s Land Access in Côte d’Ivoire Begins with Household Dialogue

ILAW Y2Q1 success story cover imageImproving women’s access to land is a complex process of lifting barriers and changing deeply held social and cultural norms. Knowing more about one’s rights under the law helps, but at the end of the day whether women gain more access or not depends on thousands of individual decisions taken in countless households.

That is why the Gender Action Learning System (GALS) is so powerful – it offers a series of visual participatory tools for women and men to map out how to reach their objectives, all while focusing on how better communication and collaboration in their homes can make all the difference.

“At the beginning I was thinking that the drawings we did were child’s play but when we started the second day of training, I realized it was serious,” said Silue Koinan from Kohokaha in northern Côte d’Ivoire. “I realized through the exercises that I am the one who controls all property in my family, and that there was no reason not to involve my wife in the management and decision-making.”

Thanks to trainings by the USAID Improving Land Access for Women (ILAW) project, implemented in Western and Northern regions of Côte d’Ivoire from 2021 to 2024, hundreds of community leaders have learned these tools and started to change their lives.

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