Making the Invisible Seen: Putting Women’s Rights on Vanuatu’s Land Reform Agenda

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Anna Naupa
Economy

This paper analyses the different strategies used to raise awareness and advocate for the recognition of women’s rights to land in Vanuatu’s policy reform context. Given the cultural context in Vanuatu, it has been necessary to adopt an advocacy model that goes beyond framing the language of rights within accepted socio-cultural constructs, to also address the political-economic dimensions of gendered access to land through identifying male champions, and to combine both upstream (awareness-raising) and downstream (coalition-building) advocacy paths. Future advocacy efforts must include greater engagement by women themselves, not just their advocates, for reform efforts to be sustainable.

This is a chapter in the book edited by Siobhan McDonnell, Matthew Allen and Colin Filer (2017), ‘Kastom, property and ideology: Land transformations in Melanesia’, ANU Press.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 23, 2021
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