When Will Land Rights For South Asian Women Become A Reality?by The Daily Eye Team June 21 2017, 3:41 pm
While Meghalaya’s ancient culture empowers indigenous women with land ownership, legal protections to own and manage property are missing.In Meghalaya, India’s northeastern biodiversity hotspot, all three major tribes are matrilineal. Children take the mother’s family name, while daughters inherit the family lands. Because women own land and have always decided what is grown on it and what is conserved, the state not only has a strong climate-resistant food system but also some of the rarest edible and medicinal plants, researchers said. The importance of protecting the full spectrum of women’s property rights becomes even more urgent as the number of women-led households in rural areas around the world continues to grow.