Support Equal Property Rights for Impoverished Women

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Target: Shrawan Hardikar, commissioner at the Nagpur municipal corporation

Goal: Thank Indian authorities for their efforts to empower impoverished women.

Women living in the Indian state of Maharashtra’s poorest areas will now be more fully recognized with the same property rights as their husbands. Sign the petition and thank authorities for making efforts to empower women with the same rights as men.

Maharashtra’s new policy will for now primarily affect the city of Nagpur, where 55 slum neighborhoods will be regularized and their residents granted property rights to the land. This will grant a measure of stability to the slums’ residents, many of whom are immigrants or migrant workers who live under constant threat of being evicted or having their property taken away from them.

This will not be the first time Nagpur has granted land titles to residents of slums, but it is the first time that the paperwork will include women’s names alongside those of their husbands as equal partners in the transaction.

While women in India legally have the same property rights as men, many are unaware that these rights exist or are barred from them in practice. Maharashtra’s new policy pointedly includes women in the granting of land rights and sets a precedent that other states can follow. It is an exciting step forward for India, which has middling scores on the International Property Rights Index and is often criticized for how it treats women’s property rights.

This new legislation will help women assert their rights and put them into practice in a way that will not only have a positive impact on women, but on the 25,000 families living in Nagpur’s slum neighborhoods. Sign the petition and thank Maharashtra’s authorities for including this provision in their new policy.


Dear Commissioner Hardikar,

Thank you for your efforts to empower impoverished women through the equal recognition of their property rights. Granting Nagpur’s women land titles on an equal basis with their husbands sets a promising precedent not only for Maharashtra, but for other states and India as a whole.

Many women are not aware that they have property rights. Still others are barred from asserting them in practice, although they are aware of their rights in theory. The land titles distributed to residents of 55 Nagpur slum neighborhoods take an important step to combat this inequality, listing men and women as having equal rights to the land. These legal provisions are important for women practically as well as ideologically, and I am happy to see pointed legal recognition of women’s property rights.

Congratulations on this positive step forward in Maharashtra’s policies and I hope Maharashtra will continue to lead the way for women’s rights.


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