The vision of the Land Portal Foundation is to improve land governance to benefit those with the most insecure land rights and the greatest vulnerability to landlessness through information and knowledge sharing.
Land governance is at the center of development challenges in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. Governments are revising land policies and practices in order to face these challenges. The project aims to (i) assist the emergence of more favorable policies and practices for securing the rights and access of family farmers to land and natural resources; and (ii) to strengthen the effectiveness of concerned stakeholders through learning, alliance building and regional cooperation.
Thursday, 15 February 2024
9:00-11:00 CET | 15:00-17:00 Bangkok
Join us in a webinar that will shine light on two groundbreaking reports concerning gender and land governance in the Mekong region. The reports, "Outlook on Gender and Land in the Mekong Region" and "Towards Gender-Equitable Land Policy and Law Making in the Mekong Region," were produced in Phase II of the Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG) program. This is the first webinar in the series ‘State of Land in the Mekong region.’ This series highlights the evolving environment of land governance in this dynamic region.
During this webinar panelists will discuss the relationship between national gender equality institutions and their impact on women's land rights in the Mekong countries. Additionally, panelists will identify the major barriers at the national and local levels that perpetuate gender biases and hinder meaningful participation of women in land-related decisions and land policy reform. The webinar will showcase how MRLG is addressing these challenges through gender and land governance trainings, participatory feminist action research and supporting an expert community of practice on gender and land governance in the Mekong region.
This webinar aims to initiate a critical dialogue on the common challenges faced by women in the Mekong region regarding land governance. Through presentations and discussion with the audience, we will explore how access to information and transparent land governance can empower women, ensuring their voices are not just heard but are also influential in policy-making. The aim is to share strategies for moving beyond representation to ensuring women's inputs are substantial and impactful in land governance.
The webinar will take place in English, Khmer, Lao, and Vietnamese.
Dr. Elizabeth Daley, Independent Freelance Consultant and Chair of the Land Portal Foundation (Moderator)
Natalie Campbell, Regional Customary Tenure Adviser, Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG)
Dr. Hue Le, Senior Researcher, Vietnam National University, Hanoi
Maithin Yumon, Co-Chair, Global Indigenous Youth Caucus
Dr. Sochanny Hak, Senior Researcher, Analyzing Development Issues Center, Cambodia
Dr. Micah Ingalls, Team Leader, Mekong Region Land Governance (MRLG)
Phouvone Thammavong, Deputy Director, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Investment Promotion Department, Lao PDR
The State of Land in the Mekong Region webinar series is a collaborative effort by the Land Portal Foundation and MRLG that spotlights the evolving landscape of land governance in the Mekong region. This series, set in the final phase of the MRLG program (2023-2025), aims to share insights and address challenges in land governance across four countries. Emphasizing openness and information accessibility, each webinar will explore key trends, issues, and solutions in land governance.
MRLG is a project of the Government of Switzerland, through the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), with co-financing from the Government of Germany and the Government of Luxembourg.