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Feb. 21, 2019, 3:19 p.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

Female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights in Australia (62).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:56 p.m.
Countries: Armenia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses do have equal inheritance rights in Armenia (62).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses do have equal inheritance rights in Argentina (61).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Angola
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses do have equal inheritance rights in Angola (60).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Algeria
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses do not have equal inheritance rights (60).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Albania
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses have equal inheritance rights (59).
Feb. 21, 2019, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

According to the table, female and male surviving spouses do not have equal inheritance rights (59).
Feb. 18, 2019, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Rwanda
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-1

"In 1999, five years after the genocide, the Parliament of Rwanda passed what is commonly known as the ‘Inheritance and Succession Law’,260 which deals with almost all aspects related to inheritance and succession. Among many provisions, it explicitly grants equal inheritance rights to male and female children, establishes a choice of property regimes upon marriage, and allows a wife to inherit her deceased husband’s property. This law has greatly enhanced property rights for married women; unfortunately, however, it only protects monogamous civil marriages" (91)
Feb. 14, 2019, 11:11 p.m.
Countries: Mauritius
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Women had equal access to education, employment, housing, and government services, and could inherit land" (para 60).
Feb. 14, 2019, 10:48 p.m.
Countries: Belarus
Variables: LO-LAW-1, LO-DATA-3, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides for equal treatment of women with regard to property ownership and inheritance, family law, equal pay for equal work (although in practice women were often paid less), and in the judicial system, and the law was generally respected" (36).
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:42 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-2

"Under customary law, a woman cannot inherit her deceased husband’s property" (para 13).
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:29 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-1

"The Devolution of Estates Act (2007) provides that men and women have the same inheritance rights in the event of the death of a spouse or a parent, regardless of religious or ethnic identity. The law similarly provides sons and daughters with equal inheritance rights. With regard to marriages with more than one spouse, the Act provides for distribution of the estate among the surviving spouses in proportion to the duration of their respective marriages, accounting for other factors such as any contributions they have made to the estate. Widows cannot be evicted from the home that she shared with her husband; however there remain certain types of property that...more
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The law does not provide the same legal status and rights for women as for men, particularly concerning divorce and inheritance. Women are legally obligated to obey their husbands and are particularly vulnerable in cases of divorce, child custody, and inheritance. Women had very limited access to legal services due to their lack of education and information as well as the prohibitive cost . . . While the law provides for equal property rights, traditional practices and ignorance of the law prevented women from taking full advantage of their rights. The marriage contract must specify a community-property marriage" (page 21-22).
Feb. 7, 2019, 3:47 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1, CLCC-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"In matters of child custody, inheritance, and divorce, personal status laws provide unequal treatment across the various confessional court systems but generally discriminate against women. For example, Sunni civil courts applied an inheritance law that provides a son twice the inheritance of a daughter. Religious law on child custody matters favors the father in most instances. Nationality law also discriminates against women, who may not confer citizenship to their spouses and children, although widows may confer citizenship to their minor children. By law women may own property, but they often ceded control of it to male relatives due to cultural reasons and family pressure" (Pg 29).more
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1, CONST-LAW-1

"Except for inheritance rights, women enjoyed the same legal status and rights as men including rights concerning family, labor, property, and nationality. The law prohibits discrimination against women under formal and customary, or traditional law. Inheritance, succession, and property rights are an exception; civil law defers to customary law, which discriminates against women and girls as it pertains to inheritance. Customary law limits inheritance to male heirs only; it does not permit women or girls to inherit property. A woman married under civil law may contest inheritance rights in civil court" (Pg 18-19).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The Committee is also concerned that women are not entitled to the same social security benefits as men upon the death of the spouse" (pg. 12).
Jan. 22, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law and practice on women’s inheritance rights is unclear. In 2009, the government reported that women and men have equal rights to inheritance. For instance, the government reported that the law provides that when the husband dies first, the inheritance will be divided between his wife and the children, or the inheritance will go to the wife only if they have no children. However, non-governmental organisations report that sons are generally recognised as the heads of family and recipients of family inheritance. A 2004 survey on inheritance rights of unmarried women found that women do inherit land differently under matrilineal and patrilineal systems. In the instance where women did...more
Jan. 19, 2019, 3:23 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"When a man dies leaving a wife and children, the wife receives one-eighth of the net estate. When there are no children, the wife receives one-fourth of the estate" (para 30)
Jan. 8, 2019, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"Justice Onyeabo said, 'That custom says that only the eldest son inherits all the real properties. The man was very wealthy; no letter of administration was obtained; the other children are saying that the man had migrated from his state to the South-West a long time ago. The children can only remember that they went to the East when they were very young. But only their eldest brother has taken over the estate because the father’s property was shared according to the ethnic custom which says only the first male can inherit all the real properties. The other children are insisting that their father lived all his life in Yorubaland...more
Jan. 4, 2019, 4:28 p.m.
Countries: Bahamas
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Bahamas –Women now have equal inheritance rights to men" (para 7).
Jan. 3, 2019, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1

"[The President of Tunisia] has . . . called for a more egalitarian inheritance law to replace the current, sharia-inspired version that gives women half of what men receive" (para 3).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-PRACTICE-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Sharia requires men, but not women, to provide for their families. Because of this expectation, in some instances sharia inheritance law provides men with a larger share of an inheritance. Some families avoided the application of sharia by executing sales contracts between parents and children to ensure that daughters received shares of property equal to those given sons. Non-Muslim women and their Muslim husbands may not inherit from each other. The government considers all children of those marriages to be Muslim and forbids those children from inheriting from their mothers. Spouses may, however, freely give up to a third of their estate to whomever they designate in their will" (page...more
Nov. 30, 2018, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Bangladesh
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Under Hindu inheritance law, a widow’s rights to her deceased husband’s property are limited to her lifetime and revert to the male heirs upon her death" (26).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The law stipulates that the partners in marriage and civil unions have equal rights to own and inherit property, but men commonly inherited family property and only 8 percent of women owned land. According to law regulating inheritance and family matters, upon death the assets of the deceased are equally shared among the spouse and children, with second degree relatives only inheriting if all first degree relatives are deceased. In the event of a will, gender cannot be used as a condition to limit inheritance" (para 121)
Oct. 26, 2018, 8:42 a.m.
Countries: Senegal
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for women as for men, including under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws. Nevertheless, women faced pervasive discrimination, especially in rural areas where traditional customs, including polygyny and discriminatory rules of inheritance, were strongest" (page 16).
Oct. 25, 2018, 10:20 p.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"By law women enjoy the same legal status and rights as men, including property and inheritance rights and religious and personal status, but it was not clear if the government enforced the law" (39).
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, POLY-LAW-1

"Second group: widowers or widows are eligible to receive one quarter of the pension. In case of multiple spouses, the pension share is distributed among them equally" (Pg 30).
Sept. 12, 2018, 9:50 p.m.
Countries: Eritrea
Variables: CLCW-LAW-1, LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for women as men under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws" (para 110)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Australia
Variables: CLCW-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, AFE-LAW-1

"The law provided for the same legal status and rights for women as for men, including under laws related to family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance, as well as employment, credit, pay, owning and/or managing businesses, education, and housing" (15).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:02 a.m.
Countries: Norway
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"Women have the same legal status as men and enjoy identical rights under family, labor, property, inheritance, and nationality laws" (11).