land rights

land rights

For 40 years, the Quechua communities in Perú have lived with contaminated rivers, and poor health as a result of oil drilling

Custodians of the land, defenders of our future

We are in the midst of the single biggest attack in the world today on people’s identity, rights, livelihoods and security, as well as our environment. They cannot afford to lose this fight, nor can we.

Teddy Guerra is the charismatic and outspoken 30-year-old leader of the Quechua community in the town of Nuevo Andoas.

Land is life: the struggle of the Quechua people to gain their land rights

This paper highlights the injustice faced by the Quechua and the wider region. It echoes their call for the government to grant them full title to their territories; to fulfill their rights to health, education and a development that respects their identity; and to provide reparation for the damage to their health and environment caused by the oil industry. 

Achieving gender equality in land ownership would empower women and give them greater influence over the way that land is used. In the picture: Luz Evelia Godines Solano, a coffee farmer from Nicaragua.

Why indigenous and community land rights matter for everyone

Did you know that 90% of Africa’s rural land is undocumented, leaving rural communities vulnerable to land-grabbing? It's a matter of human rights. It's their land.  Join our collective effort to make a difference not just for Indigenous Peoples and local communities but for the health of the environment and ending poverty and inequality.

A 67 year old local fisherman stands by the Mekong river, Loas.

Community resilience in South East Asia

Oxfam is working with local partners in Cambodia and Laos to help communities become more resilient to the challenges they face. From climate change to land rights, we are ensuring that people have the knowledge and skills they need to be able to confront any problem.

A women works for an Oxfam cash for work program to rebuild an irrigation channel in Nepal

Building Back Right

As recovery in Nepal begins after the earthquake that struck in April 2015, there is an opportunity to ensure that reconstruction and resettlement policies and programmes are inclusive of women and those who are landless.

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