Formalising Land, Marginalising Women?

Norms and Customary Practices Regarding Land Rights in Dawei

Norms and Customary Practices Regarding Land Rights in Dawei, Myanmar

In 2012 the Government of Myanmar passed the Farmland Law which introduced a process for registering land through Land Use Certificates.The change from a customary form of land governance to a system governed through a legal and administrative framework is profound and has numerous implications for women. 

This policy brief is based on the findings from a field study conducted by Trócaire and Land Core Group in three townships in Dawei District, Tanintharyi Region. It explores some emerging issues for policy makers to consider in light of this reform.