Property Rights, Intersectionality, and Women's Empowerment in Nepal

60 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2018

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Rajendra Pradhan

Nepa School of Social Sciences and Humanities

Ruth S. Meinzen-Dick

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Sophie Theis

International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Date Written: January 5, 2018

Abstract

In this paper, we explore how different norms around property rights affect the empowerment of women of different social positions over the life cycle. We first review the conceptual foundations of property, empowerment, and intersectionality, and then present the methodology and empirical findings from ethnographic field work in Nepal. Going beyond formal ownership of property, we look at changes in property rights over personal and joint property at different stages of women’s lives. Finally, the paper makes recommendations for how research and development projects, especially in South Asia, can avoid misinterpreting asset and empowerment data by incorporating nuance around the concepts of property rights over the household life cycle.

Keywords: NEPAL, SOUTH ASIA, ASIA, gender, property rights, life cycle, empowerment, development policies, assets, land ownership, intrahousehold, intersectionality

Suggested Citation

Pradhan, Rajendra and Meinzen-Dick, Ruth S. and Theis, Sophie, Property Rights, Intersectionality, and Women's Empowerment in Nepal (January 5, 2018). IFPRI Discussion Paper 1702, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3118400

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