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Landesa and Downton Abbey: Women’s Lack of Inheritance Rights at the Forefront

December 20, 2013 by

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 “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 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.


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