Customary Laws on Inheritance in Namibia: Issues and Questions for Consideration in Developing New Legislation
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- Ovis, M. and Gordon, R.
This law amends the 1965 Estate and Succession Act. We have been unable to obtain a copy of the original law. Please contact us if you have access to the original act.
Full citation: Strickland, R., "To Have and to Hold: Women’s Property and Inheritance Rights in the Context of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa," ICRW REPORT (International Center for Research on Women, June 2004).
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]
Full citation: Steinzor, N., "Women's Property and Inheritance Rights: Improving Lives in a Changing Time" FINAL SYNTHESIS AND CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS PAPER (USAID and WIDtech 2003).