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Realizing women’s rights to land and other productive resources

Authors/Editor(s): UN Women and OHCHR This is a new publication by UN Women and OHCHR. It focuses on women’s access to, use of and control over land and other productive resources which are essential to ensuring their right to equality and to an … [Read More...]

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Victory For Women in Botswana Against a “Claw back Clause”

By Priti Patel Without access to property, women are more likely to fall into poverty, limiting their ability to protect themselves from HIV infection.  Last month, a five-year legal struggle ended with a landmark victory for women’s rights … [Read More...]

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The Verdict is in: Courts in Malawi finally recognize Marriages by Repute

By WLSA- Malawi Summary: The Malawi Constitution specifically recognizes marriage by repute as well as law, custom, or permanent cohabitation.  However, until recently the status of marriage by repute was unclear.  The Malawi High Court has now … [Read More...]

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Ramantele –v- Mmusi and others

  This is a landmark case from Botswana on women’s inheritance rights under customary law. Southern Africa Litigation Center (SALC) supported a case in Botswana before the High Court challenging a customary law rule which provides only for male … [Read More...]

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The Kenyan case on Customary laws on inheritance

Kenya’s Court of Appeal made an important decision in 2005 that directly addressed the conflict between discrimination against women built into customary laws on inheriting family property, and the guarantee of gender equality in Kenya’s … [Read More...]

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