Uttarakhand, a mountain state in North India has passed an ordinance to give land ownership rights to daughters and wives of male landowners. The ordinance is aimed to “facilitate the women who are working in fields owned by their husbands or fathers especially in the hilly areas of the state.” Men are largely involved in only heavy labour intensive work like ploughing the field while about 90% farming related works are done by the women in the family. Despite their significant contribution, women don’t have any land ownership.
According to activists, this ordinance will contribute to ending the gender-based discrimination in the property rights. Women are equal contributors to their family, society, country and the world.