Discussing the benefits of providing more land to women in the DRC

March 19, 2021 | Democratic Republic of the Congo

A team of local PEP researchers held a national policy conference online to discuss how increasing women’s land allocation can reduce gender inequalities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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March 19, 2021 – A team of local PEP researchers held an online national policy conference to share their recommendations for improving gender equality in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

The team brought together 18 policy stakeholders, government officers and representatives of civil society organisations for their online event. Attendees included representatives of and advisors to the Ministry of Gender, Family and Children (MGFE), Ministry of the Economy, Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Security (MTEPS), and Ministry of Mines.

The PEP team presented findings and recommendations from their PEP project that investigated the impact of pro-gender agricultural policies on women's employment in the DRC when there is economic dependence on natural resources. See PEP Policy Brief 231 (in French) for policy analysis and recommendations.

Team member Zizina Shabani (pictured, right) from the Ministry of Planning explained how policies to increase women’s land allocation by 40%, and double cash transfers to rural female households would reduce gender inequalities in the labour market. However, only increasing women’s land would also promote economic diversity, an important concern in the DRC where the drop in international prices of natural minerals is slowing economic growth.

The team’s analysis is timely as the National Strategic Development Plan (PNSD) will be revised this year with objectives to promote women’s employment as well as supporting agriculture for economic growth and job creation.

Main outcomes

An expert from the Ministry of Mines praised the team’s work and suggested that government policy on land distribution should be defined as part of decentralisation measures of national development. A policy advisor to the MGFE highlighted the importance of making legal texts on women’s land access rights available and easy to understand.

News of the team’s findings and their conference was broadcast on Radio Okapi and published on the Ouragan FMwebsite (in French).

The research team organized the event with financial and advisory support from PEP. 

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