LandBridge helps women worldwide overcome barriers to landownership.
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Women globally own less than 20% of the world's land and have less secure rights over land than men

When women do not have legal rights to the land they own, they are less likely to be included in decision-making about land and are more susceptible to displacement and exploitation.


Why Land Matters

Violence and Eviction

Women are particularly exposed to and harmed by informal housing arrangements, reporting threats of violence and exploitation, a lack of access to dispute resolution means and remedies, and a constant threat of eviction and displacement (NRC, 2014).
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Securing Inheritance

One study showed that in Zambia more than one-third of widows lost access to family land when their husbands died.

“Having a title gives me assurance that the place is mine and that my children can inherit.” - Cynthia Phiri, Zambia
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Improved Health

Children whose mothers own land are more than 30% less likely to be severely underweight than children of women who do not own land, and women who own land are significantly more likely to have the final say in household decisions, a measure of empowerment.
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Where It Started

LandBridge is a women-led nonprofit organization, founded by three women with a background in land tenure and women's land rights. In our collective 30 years working in this field, we saw that women were often overlooked or left out of the process of securing their rights to land, and those who were able to go through the entire process of proving they owned their land often couldn’t afford the final step: paying the title or certification fee.

We knew we could make a big difference by bridging this last gap. We serve vulnerable women who have proven they own their land but simply cannot afford the title fee, thus securing them the legal proof that they have rights to their land.

Our Team


Rania is a dynamic community organizer, strategic marketing leader, advocate, and driver of change with over 15 years of direct leadership experience in a wide variety of industries and organizations. She is the former director of marketing and public relations for a public benefit land startup, and founder and leader of a national social justice art project created as a response to confederate monuments in the United States. She has significant experience in communications and branding strategy, community development, organizational leadership, project management, international non-profit grassroots fundraising, and customer experience strategy. She is originally from Sudan and is fluent in Arabic. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology and Society from Stanford University.


Ailey Kaiser Hughes is a senior program leader, strategic planner, and international development professional with over 15 years of global experience in Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ghana, India, Japan, Liberia, Mexico, Mozambique, Rwanda, Zambia, and the USA. She has worked in the land sector since 2009, with expertise in women's land rights, customary land rights, systematic land titling, land administration, and technology. Ailey has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington and was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Kyrgyzstan.


Amanda Richardson is the founder of Resource Equity, a U.S.-based international nonprofit that advances women's rights to land and natural resources. Amanda is a gender and land tenure expert with more than a decade of experience in research, program design and analysis, project management, and public policy. She has experience working on the intersections between women’s land rights and gender-based violence, food security, nutrition, HIV/AIDS, corruption, climate change, investments, and empowerment. She has extensive teaching and presentation experience, and has worked in Ghana, India, Kenya, Kosovo, Liberia, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and the United States. She holds a law degree from Columbia Law School and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Amherst College.