WGWLO – Working Group for Women and Land Ownership
  • 6, Sejal Apartments, Gurukul Road, Ahmedabad - 380052, Gujarat, India
  • + 91-79-48902220


The seeds of WGWLO were sown at a state-level workshop organised by the Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India) IN 2002. This NGO, working in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh for enhancing people’s livelihoods, recognised the importance of women’s land rights. Hence, Dr. Bina Agarwal, Professor of Economics from the Institute of Economic Growth, New Delhi, and author of the path-breaking book A Field of One’s Own was invited to conduct a workshop on ‘Land Ownership as a Livelihood Issue for Women’ in July 2002.

The workshop examined the different perspectives (livelihood enhancement, welfare improvement and women’s empowerment) of why it was critical for women to own land. The workshop also analysed successful examples wherein women had taken land on lease for collective farming, which had resulted in enhancing food security and social status of poor women of marginalised communities.

The workshop brought to light the fact that although this is an important issue, most NGOs in Gujarat had not focused on it. While working with a gender perspective in rural Gujarat had been a priority for quite some time, almost none had specifically targeted this issue. In fact, some of the staff were not aware of the importance of this issue.

To address this issue, the Working Group for Women and Land Ownership (WGWLO) was formed with 13 NGOs coming together to work decisively on this issue. Since then, The number has grown to 35 NGO’s, CBO’s and development Professionals.

Upcoming Events
"We are also farmer..." - A State Level Women Farmers Sammelan on 23rd October - 2018 at Gujarat National Low University, Coba - Gandhinagar

4rd Steering Group Meeting on 5th October - 2019 at AKRSPI, 9-10th Floor, Corporate House, Opp. Dinesh Hall, Off Ashram Road, Ahmedabad, Gujarat 380009

Campaign on Women and land right on September - 2018 at 12 Dist. of Gujarat

Panchayat Parisamvad on Women and land and women farmers issue in 12 Dist./ 15 Blocks of gujarat on 7th October to 10th October - 2019 at Sanand, Bavla, Navsari, Maliya, Dhragadhra, Patdi, Sagbara, Dediyapada, Vyara, Lunawada, Limkheda, A

Western Region Workshop on Gender and Forest Rights on 26th - 27th November - 2018 at Ahmedabad

Training cum. sharing meeting of Mahila Kisan Sakhis on womenland ownership and women farmer & sustainable agriculture on 15 to 17 November - 2018 at Nimbadi - Sanand, Ahmedabad

WGWLO selected for conducting break out session of two hours with Landesa at Global Land Forum of International Land Coalition on September 22-27, 2018 at Indonesia

SRISTI Organic Food Festival on 23rd to 26th December at Ahmedabad

WGWLO selected for putting up stall at Idea Fair at the Global Land Forum of International Land Coalition on September 22-27, 2018 at Indonesia
Milestone Events