By Dina Najjar, Bipasha Baruah, and Aman El Garhi
- Women are disadvantaged in land ownership in the New and Old Lands in Egypt, though not to the extent the literature has assumed for the MENA region.
- Patterns of asset ownership and control are similar to other regions: men own and control more land and housing; women own and sometimes control (liquefiable) livestock and gold
- Men underestimate women’s preferences for owning immovable property (land and housing) even in the New Lands, where 20 percent of land titles are distributed to women.
- Women who acquire land remained hesitant or unwilling to enable their daughters to inherit land at par with their sons.
- While pro-women policy reforms should be implemented, consciousness-raising initiatives are equally crucial.