The Chronic Poverty Research Centre (CPRC) is an international partnership of universities, research institutes and NGOs which exists to focus attention on chronic poverty. CPRC is undertaking specific policy analysis which seeks to examine potential gender related entry points for addressing chronic poverty. This stream of work is focusing on gender-specific variables including opportunities for political engagement, legal representation, reproductive health, education, and ownership of assets.
COHRE believes that securing women’s rights to housing and land is fundamental to improving women’s status and their lives. In order to secure women’s housing and land rights, COHRE believes that we must use a methodology and approach that recognises that gender-neutral forms of advocacy are not enough to make a real change in the lives of women.
To address the challenges faced by women in accessing their right to land and property and unite the global community in support of women’s land rights, the Rural Development Institute (RDI) launched the Global Center for Women’s Land Rights in 2009. RDI’s Center provides resources and training on women’s land rights and connects policymakers, researchers, and practitioners from around the world. RDI’s Center pilots innovative solutions to women’s lack of secure land rights.
Siraj Sait is a graduate of University of Madras (India), University of London and Harvard Law School. His areas of expertise are human rights, gender and land/housing, refugee and post-conflict studies and Islamic law. Since 2006, he has been member of the International Advisory Board of the Global Land Tool Network www.gltn.net. He is also on the MTSIP Review Panel of UN-HABITAT and the World Bank’s project evaluation committee.
Hilary Lim has taught at UEL for over twenty years. She was awarded an ESRC scholarship for her studies leading to an MA in Law and Sociology. Hilary's PhD was entitled 'Mapping Welfare Rights'. Hilary has supervised several PhD students through to completion, most notably students studying as part of a Dfid funded Project to enhance women's rights in Bangladesh. She is currently supervising doctoral students working in the areas of Islamic inheritance law, domestic violence, and children's rights. She has examined a number of PhD theses, both internally and externally.
Susana Lastarria-Cornhiel is Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She contributes to URPL’s international development planning program and currently offers a course on international development and gender. Her current research focuses on gender and land rights, particularly the impact of land rights on women’s status, economic opportunities, and well being. Prior to joining URPL in mid-2004, Dr.
Asma Barlas, is currently a professor of Politics as well as the director of the Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity in Ithaca College, New York. Her research interests vary quite a bit and have changed over time.
While the first face-to-face WIPR meeting in June 2009 in Dakar, Senegal, had included only working group members, the second face-to-face meeting included working group members and representatives of eight organisations, which had been selected as project partners. In late 2009, in response to a call for proposals, the proposals of these eight organisations had selected through a rigorous review process, out of a total of sixteen proposals received. A second face-to-face workshop was thus organised to build the capacity of these partners to support the implementation of their projects.