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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

"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).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:26 a.m.
Countries: Nepal
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The law also grants widows complete access and authority to the estate of their deceased husbands; however, traditional attitudes stigmatizing and shunning widows persisted, and communities often ignored the law, while the government did not take sufficient measures to enforce it" (30-31).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"While widows with children inherit half of joint marital property, a husband’s surviving kin have priority over widows without children, leaving them eighth in line for inheritance if there is no prior agreement. Families did not always observe these provisions" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:19 a.m.
Countries: Laos

"The law also prohibits discrimination in marriage and inheritance, although varying degrees of cultural-based discrimination against women persisted, with greater discrimination practiced by some ethnic minority groups in remote areas" (20).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:18 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"A non-Muslim woman who fails to convert is also ineligible for naturalization as a citizen and cannot inherit her husband’s property unless specified as a beneficiary in his will" (25).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:17 a.m.
Countries: Ireland
Variables: LO-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The law provides women the same legal status and rights as men, including rights under family law, property law, inheritance law, labor law, and in the judicial system" (13).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:16 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Christian widows of Muslims have no inheritance rights" (40).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:15 a.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1, IAW-LAW-1

"The media reported that, on March 14, the Supreme Court upheld a prior sharia law ruling from 2013 rejecting civil law provisions in an estate case. The court ruled that the deceased individual’s sister-in-law, under sharia law in Thrace, could claim part of her brother’s real estate property even though he had named his wife as full beneficiary in his public will and testament filed in a civil court" (22).
Aug. 28, 2018, 10:03 a.m.
Countries: Mali
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The Committee recalls its concern (see CEDAW/C/MLI/CO/5, para. 9) that there are no sanctions provided for in law for the violation of the constitutional prohibition of sex-based discrimination (art. 2) and, furthermore, that exceptions to non-discrimination exist in matters of family law and succession, in addition to practices harmful to the health of women and girls, including female genital mutilation and early marriage" (page 3-4). "The Committee . . . notes with concern the disproportionately adverse impact on rural women of the Land Code (2000), under which the application of customary law to land acquisition through succession, as well as to the administration of property, is recognized, thereby limiting women’s...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

". . . lack of access to ownership of land, as reflected in the low percentage of women who own land, and the existence of provisions in the land laws that do not address the issue of discriminatory inheritance practices against women" (page 14). "The Committee notes with appreciation that the State party has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention, but is concerned that its views concerning communication No. 48/2013, adopted under article 7 (3) of the Optional Protocol at its sixtieth session, in March 2015, regarding discriminatory customary inheritance laws in the State party, have not been implemented and that the State party has provided no information on...more
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

" The constitution and law provide that men and women enjoy the same legal status and rights under family, labor, property, and inheritance law and in the judicial system," (55).
May 13, 2018, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Afghanistan

"The EVAW law criminalizes violence against women, including rape, battery, or beating; forced marriage; humiliation; intimidation; and deprivation of inheritance, although its implementation remained limited. The law provides for a sentence of 16 to 20 years’ imprisonment for rape. If the act results in the death of the victim, the law provides for a death sentence for the perpetrator. The law provides for imprisonment of up to seven years for the “violation of chastity of a woman...that does not result in adultery (such as sexual touching).” Under the law, rape does not include spousal rape. The law was not widely understood, and some in the public and the religious communities...more
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Dying testate is the legal terminology used to refer to someone who dies leaving a will. In this case, his/her estate will be divided amongst beneficiaries laid out in the will. On the other hand, when someone dies intestate refers to someone who dies without leaving a will. His/her estate is divided amongst surviving spouse, children and other close relatives in accordance with the Succession, Probate and Administration Act, Cap 60. According to the Act, the surviving spouse (or civil partner), for example, he or she will have priority over any other relatives for either all or a certain amount of the estate" (38).
April 4, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: East Timor
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"That traditional inheritance systems continue to exclude women from land ownership" (14).
April 3, 2018, 10:42 p.m.
Countries: Madagascar
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The Committee reiterates its concern that . . . discriminatory practices regarding land ownership and the administration of property and inheritance continue to limit women ’s access to economic resources and financial services (see CEDAW/C/MDG/CO/5, para. 32); (b) That land tenure and rural development policies in the State party lack a gender perspective, and that, under Law No. 68 -012 (1968) relating to inheritance, co-heirs may agree that female heirs receive a lump sum instead of an equal share of inherited land . . . The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Repeal discriminatory provisions in Law No. 68-012 (1968) and amend Law No. 2007-037 to eliminate all forms...more
March 30, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"The Indian legal system recognizes women's legal right to inheritance" (109). "The ancient schools of inheritance governing succession in India were namely Mitakshara; along with regional variations into Banaras, Mithilia, Maharashtra and Dravidian schools and Dayabhaga; observed in Bengal and Assam. Generally the succession in Hindu Undivided Family (HUF) follows strict male lineage, where male members are coparceners with right of survivorship whereas women (widowed or mothers in case of minor male heirs) usually work as caretakers of the property" (109). "The [Hindu Succession Act of 1956] also converted the limited estate provided to widowed women into absolute one" (109).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"However, Burundian legislation still contains some outmoded laws and some matters have not been legislated. Nevertheless, reforms are under way. They have to do, in particular, with: 1) Inheritance, matrimonial regimes and gifts, which are still governed by customary law" (9). This indicates that there are currently no laws on inheritance rights of women (CODER COMMENT-BCT). "However, given the lack of a law on inheritance, marital property and gifts (SRML), women are restricted in their entitlement to legal remedy because the tendency is to resort to custom" (30). The lack of a law on inheritance implies that wives are not legally allowed to inherit from their husbands (CODER COMMENT-BCT).more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that many provisions of the Convention have been incorporated into national law through the adoption of relevant legislation, in particular the Women’s Act in 2010. It remains concerned, however, that the legislation does not adequately address female genital mutilation, marital rape or child marriage. It also remains concerned about the constitutional provision under which the prohibition of discrimination does not apply in respect of adoption, marriage, divorce, burial and devolution of property upon death and the fact that these issues are regulated under personal law, which contains discriminatory provisions, some of which are re-enacted in the Women’s Act. The Committee recommends that the State party: (a) Harmonize...more
March 14, 2018, 12:08 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: ERBG-LAW-1, MARR-LAW-1, IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The Committee also notes with concern that a number of draft laws and policies with an important bearing on women’s rights, such as the bills on marriage, administration of estates, transnational crime, employment, legal aid, sexual offences and domestic violence and the land policy, are pending, with no specific time frame for their adoption" (page 2).
March 9, 2018, 8:49 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"Regarding inheritance, the Islamic Sharia guarentees the right of a man and woman to inherity. It sets out rules regulating matters of inheritance, the entitlement of each heir based on the heir's status and degree of kinship to the testator and the duties of the heir to the family. In certain cases, a man may inherit more than a woman. In other cases, a woman may inherit more than a man. In other cases, the share of the man is equal to the share of the woman...If a man inherits more than a woman, the man is required to provide maintenance of the woman, whereas a woman is not required...more
Feb. 16, 2018, 9:12 a.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"The Committee remains concerned about...Persistent discrimination against women and girls in inheritance law, both as daughters and as widows" (17).
Feb. 14, 2018, 11:45 a.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: IAW-LAW-1

"A widow may also inherit such benefits and compensation from her deceased pensioner husband" (57). "a wife has a fixed share of her deceased husband’s inheritance, which is one eighth if she there are children or grandchildren by the son. (Children are considered to include sons, daughters and children of a son.) If there are no children, the wife gets one fourth of the inheritance. The wife is entitled to take her dowry and all debts out of the inheritance prior to it being distributed to any of the other heirs, even if that debt absorbs the entire inheritance" (71).
Jan. 17, 2018, 4:41 p.m.
Countries: Israel
Variables: IAW-LAW-1, IAD-LAW-1

"In inheritance, the rabbinical court authority is contingent on the consent of all parties involved. If one party objects to consideration of the case in the rabbinical courts, the case will be referred to the family courts or to the inheritance registrar" (12).