Across the globe, Indigenous, Afro-descendant, and community women make invaluable contributions to their communities and toward global sustainable development and climate goals. They use, manage, and conserve community territories that comprise over 50% of the world’s land and support up to 2.5 billion people. Despite women’s crucial roles as forest and household managers, food providers, and leaders of rural enterprises, women’s land and resource rights remain constrained by unjust laws and practices. Even as these women take on greater leadership due to men’s out-migration from communities and mounting external threats to community lands, they are often locked out of decision-making processes at all levels.

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