Court Decisions

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

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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 in Botswana. The country’s highest court unanimously decided that four sisters are entitled to inherit their family […]

Ramantele –v- Mmusi and others

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  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 inheritance of the family home. The case was an appeal from a decision of the Customary […]

Khamisa V. Khamisa, 2007- Malawi

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAWI PRINCIPAL REGISTRY Matrimonial Cause No. 9 of 2007 BETWEEN LORRAINE B. KHAMISA……………………………………………….APPLICANT AND SHABIR CHARLES KHAMISA………………………………………RESPONDENT To download the judgment click here  

Aphane V. The Registrar of Deeds and others + Appeal- Swaziland.

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In the matter between Mary- Joyce Doo Aphane and The Registrar of Deeds (1st Respondent); Minister of Justice & constitutional Affairs (2nd Respondent); Attorney General (3rd Respondent) In the High Court of Swaziland To download Aphane’s High Court judgment click here To download Attorney General’s Appeal of Aphane’s High Court ruling click here  

INHERITANCE LAWS & WOMENS PROPERTY RIGHTS – – HOW JUST?

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Judges discussion on matrimonial property rights between spouses

Judges discussing matrimonial property rights in Malawi

WOMEN AND LAW IN SOUTHERN AFRICA RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL TRUST-MALAWI (WLSA MALAWI) AND WOMEN INHERITANCE NOW – AFRICA Recognizing Non-Monetary Contribution by Married Women to Controlling and Owning Of Matrimonial Property   Judges Discussion on the subject                                        […]

THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN WHOSE NAMES DO NOT APPEAR ON TITLE DEEDS

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WOMEN AND LAW IN SOUTHERN AFRICA RESEARCH AND EDUCATION TRUST  (WLSA) -ZIMBABWE and PADARE MEN’S FORUM ON GENDER THE PLIGHT OF WOMEN WHOSE NAMES DO NOT APPEAR ON TITLE DEED Ssee the whole article…Title deeds and women’s rights WLSA Zimbabwe would like to hear your views preferably in writing. Contact us at Number 16 Lawson […]

WLSA Zimbabwe Newsletter, October, 2011

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Engaging men as agents of change; Will writing, a saviour for deceased estates; Title deeds rid women’s hardships… Read this and more in …WLSA ZIM Newsletter for October, 2011

WLSA Malawi’s fight for inheritance law sees the law passed

National Coordinator, Seodi White presenting certificate to one of graduants of RELECT Learning in Mangochi who were drilled on inheritance and property rights

…gives hope to widows and children For almost 12 years WLSA Malawi has fought to have the inheritance laws in Malawi changed. The success story is that the reformed law has now been passed by Malawi Parliament after being thrown out of during last year’s sitting of Parliament. The President of Malawi, Dr Bingu wa […]

CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN WITH UNREGISTERED MARRIAGES

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In previous articles, we have looked at different forms of marriage, the crime of bigamy and the implications of marriage on inheritance. From the different types of marriages discussed, the unregistered customary law union poses the greatest challenge to widows. READ MORE..CHALLENGES FACED BY WOMEN WITH UNREGISTERED MARRIAGES

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