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Towards Customary Legal Empowerment in Namibia: Enhancing gender equality in customary justice systems

Full citation: Ubink, J.M. (2011). “Towards Customary Legal Empowerment in Namibia: Enhancing gender equality in customary justice systems.” International Development Law Organisation. - In Namibia, national authorities have made various interventions aimed at enhancing the functioning of customary law and traditional leadership. These efforts include both the creation of institutional linkages as well as community-based activities. One issue has been the position of women under customary law, and especially the fact that widows often have no rights to their deceased husbands’ lands. At a workshop, the traditional leaders present unanimously decided that widows should not be chased from their lands or out of their homes and that they should not be asked to pay again for the land. The president of the country was also a proponent of the change. This research found that this statement led to positive change. [Threats to Women’s Land Tenure Security and Effectiveness of Interventions - Annotated Bibliography]

Collection Type:
Research Articles
Country:
Namibia
Creator:
Ubink, J.M.
Year:
2011

Women’s Access to Land in Kenya

Full citation: Harrington, A., "Women's Access to Land in Kenya," 4(1) JUSTICE FOR THE POOR BRIEFING NOTE (The World Bank, January 2010).

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Kenya
Creator:
Harrington, A.
Year:
2010

Women's Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India

Full citation: Deininger, K., Goyal, A. and Nagarajan, H., "Women's Inheritance Rights and Intergenerational Transmission of Resources in India," 46 THE JOURNAL OF HUMAN RESOUCES 2 (2013). - Using inheritance patterns over three generations of individuals, this study assesses the impact of changes in the Hindu Succession Act, which grant daughters equal coparcenary birth rights in joint family property, that were denied to daughters in the past. The study shows that the amendment significantly increased daughters’ likelihood to inherit land, but that even after the amendment, substantial bias persists. There were no detectable changes before the legal amendment, with a sharp increase in land bequests to daughters occurring only after HSAA became effective. The effect persists over time, showing a modest but significant upward trend, in line with a gradual pattern of dissemination and learning. [Threats to Women’s Land Tenure Security and Effectiveness of Interventions - Annotated Bibliography]

Collection Type:
Research Articles
Country:
India
Creator:
Deininger, K., Goyal, A. and Nagarajan, H.
Year:
2013

Zambia: family laws and inheritance laws

This document includes the Marriage Act; Births and Deaths Registration Act; Legitimacy Act; Juveniles Act; Adoption Act; Maintenance Orders Act; Maintenance Orders (Enforcement) Act; Deceased Brother's Widow's Marriage Act; Administrator-General Act; Intestate Succession Act; Wills and Administration of Testate Estates Act; Probates (Resealing) Act; Administration of Estates (Trust Corporations) Act; Trusts Restriction Act; Affiliation and Maintenance of Children Act; and the Persons with Disabilities Act

Collection Type:
Legal Materials
Country:
Zambia
Creator:
Republic of Zambia
Year:
1996