Displaced women's rights to housing, land and property in post-conflict western Côte d’Ivoire

Published 16. Dec 2014
Once relatively prosperous, Côte d’Ivoire is still emerging from crisis. Two waves of armed conflict and violence – in 2002 and following presidential elections in 2010 – both led to massive population upheaval, displacing around a million people on each occasion.

Many observers regard the numerous recurrent land disputes, particularly in the fertile west, as key drivers of displacement and conflict. Questions about land ownership are central to notions of belonging and identity. Land is more than a means of livelihood in Côte d’Ivoire for it also holds significant economic, cultural, social and religious meaning.