Landesa and Downton Abbey: Women’s Lack of Inheritance Rights at the ForefrontDecember 20, 2013 by Sally Farhat Kassab
Landesa, which just won a $1.5 million Global Impact Award, used the hit television series Downton Abbey as an opportunity to comment on the issue of women’s land rights. The blog is now live on ONE.org: “As fans of Downton Abbey know, women’s lack of inheritance rights have brought down dynasties, impelled marriages and divided families.”
The New York Times Sinosphere featured a fascinating article about women’s land rights, and it linked to Landesa’s blog on women’s land rights that ran on ONE.org and also cites their 17-province survey.
Google’s Global Impact Award will be used by Landesa and FrontlineSMS to transform the way land titling operates in developing countries, using mobile phones to change a slow, paper-based process into a more efficient, cost-effective system that communities and local governments can use to secure land rights for the most vulnerable populations.