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Lack of land ownership for women makes them vulnerable: The case of Malawi

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Despite Section 24 (a) (ii) of the Constitution of Malawi, providing that women have the right to be accorded the same rights as men in civil law including equal capacity to acquire and maintain rights in property, independently or in association with others, regardless of their marital status; women in Malawi do not have equal […]

Ensuring the Land Laws Work for Widows Affected and Infected by HIV

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Posted by: KELIN Kenya  “Research suggests that women who have secure access to ownership and control over land and other assets are better able to avoid relationships that threaten them with HIV, and to manage the impact of AIDS.” This is according to the Global Commission on Women and AIDS “Keeping the promise, an agenda […]

Good development in the Malawian jurisprudence on disposal of matrimonial property on dissolution of customary law marriage.

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KAMPHONI-V- KAMPHONI CASE BRIEF BY MZATI MBEKO The long and short of this case is that fairness and not contribution, determines disposal of matrimonial property on dissolution of customary law marriage. Thus property distribution does not depend on ownership or possession of property but on “holding” which is wider than ownership and possession. Under section […]

Hiding justice through the narrow, legalistic and pedantic version of locus standi: The WLSA-Malawi Property Rights Case.

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IN THE HIGH COURT OF MALAWI PRINCIPAL REGISTRY Constitutional Case No. 3 of 2009 Between: The Registered Trustees of the Women & Law (Malawi) Research & Education Trust……………………………………………………………………………………………………Applicant And The Attorney General………….…………………………………………………………Respondent And Malawi Human Rights Commission…………………………………………1st Amicus Curiae Southern Africa Litigation Centre……………………………………………2nd Amicus Curiae Canadian HIV/Aids Network……………………………………………………3rd Amicus Curiae Ralph Kasambara……………………………………………………………………4th Amicus Curiae   […]

Realizing women’s rights to land and other productive resources

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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 adequate standard of living. It argues that throughout the world, gender inequality when […]

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

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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 ruled that marriage by repute results in the same protections and rights as other forms of marriage under […]

Africa’s Latest Land Rush: The Effect Of Land Grabs On Women’s Rights

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Africa’s Latest Land Rush: The Effect Of Land Grabs On Women’s Rights Source: AWID – http://awid.org/News-Analysis/Friday-Files/Africa-s-Latest-Land-Rush-The-Effect-of-Land-Grabs-on-Women-s-Rights 10/02/2012   FRIDAY FILE: In Africa land rights are critical to economic power. In recent history, there have been three waves of land grabs: colonization, post-independence and present-day land grabs for commercial and apparently environment preservation purposes . Governments and […]

WLSA Zimbabwe Newsletter on Property and Inheritance Rights

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See WLSA Zimbabwe’s  Newsletter number 2 property and inheritance rights SPECIAL POINTS OF INTEREST: Global Com-mission on HIV and the law Dynamics of will writing Registering an estate, and more

Victory for Women in Malawi

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November 22, 2011 | by Tamar Ezer Article found at http://blog.soros.org/2011/11/victory-for-women-in-malawi/ November has been a good month for women in Malawi. Parliament finally recognized that women have the right to inherit from the marital estate. In the past, after the death of her husband, a woman and her children were often left with nothing, no […]

Poverty and HIV/AIDS in Africa

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by ALAN WHITESIDE Abstract HIV/AIDS is the major threat to development, economic growth and poverty alleviation in much of Africa. And yet the full extent of the catastrophe facing the continent is only just being recognised, and still not by all. The international development targets set by the great and the good of the global […]

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