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Latest items for IAW-PRACTICE-1

June 14, 2019, 2:55 p.m.
Countries: Nigeria

"Women generally remained marginalized. No laws prohibit women from owning land, but customary land tenure systems allowed only men to own land, with women gaining access to land only via marriage or family. Many customary practices also did not recognize a woman’s right to inherit her husband’s property, and many widows became destitute when their in-laws took virtually all the deceased husband’s property" (Pg 36).
May 16, 2019, 9:32 a.m.
Countries: Kyrgyzstan

"The ceremonies are carried out mainly in rural areas. The marriages have no legal standing in the country. Under Kyrgyzstan family code, women and men have equal property rights in marriage, with couples signing a contract stating the division of property between them. But in unregistered marriages, there is no such contract and women lose out on these benefits" (para 2).
May 11, 2019, 5:11 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Women have full rights of inheritance and property ownership by law, but local authorities often excluded them from the decision-making process on disposition of indigenous communal land, which constituted more than 80 percent of all landt" (16).
May 9, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Guyana
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

" The Civil Law (Rights of Persons in Common Law Union act) 2012 was enacted in July 2012. (The Act) was enacted in July 2012. Section 2 (1) states that where a single woman and a single man have lived together in a common law relationship for not less than five years immediately preceding the death of either one of them and the person dies intestate, the surviving woman or man shall be entitled to the same power and rights regarding intestate succession as a widow or widower or a surviving wife or husband in the Civil Law of the Guyana Act the deceased Persons’ Estate Act, or any other...more
April 27, 2019, 9:12 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"The Committee is also concerned that laws governing the inheritance of property often prevent widows from inheriting farms in the event of their husband’s death" (15).
March 25, 2019, 2:20 p.m.
Countries: Liberia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"In rural areas traditional practice or traditional leaders often did not recognize a woman’s right to inherit land. Programs to educate traditional leaders on women’s rights made some progress, but authorities often did not enforce those rights" (24).
March 21, 2019, 11:12 p.m.
Countries: Syria
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"During the year there were reports that, in some regions, custom prevailed over the law and women received no inheritance" (para 198). "According to several groups, including HRW, extremist armed groups placed discriminatory restrictions on women and girls in Aleppo, al-Hassakah, Idlib, and Raqqa governorates. Such restrictions included strict dress codes, limitations on women’s engagement in public life and ability to move freely, and constraints on their access to education and employment" (para 202). "In areas under its control, Da’esh published a 'Civilization Document' with 16 points that a woman must follow or face the death penalty. They included staying at home and not leaving it without an immediate male...more
March 20, 2019, 11:36 p.m.
Countries: Namibia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Traditional practices in certain northern regions, however, permitted family members to confiscate the property of deceased men from their widows and children" (11).
March 15, 2019, 11:35 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu

"Although the law does not prohibit women from owning or inheriting property or land, tradition generally bars women from land ownership or property inheritance" (9).
March 7, 2019, 10:28 p.m.
Countries: Suriname
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Where local customs remain a strong influence on the family unit, inheritance rights pass to husbands" (12).
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone

"Women face the risk of losing control over the land when their husband dies or if they divorce. Male children from the marriage inherit the land but if there are no children and if a woman remarries into her late husband’s family, she can continue to cultivate the land. A woman who returns to her patrilineal family regains her rights to land for cultivation from the male head of her family" (para 2)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:48 p.m.
Countries: Sierra Leone
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Outside of the Western area, customary law applies. Women’s access to land is restricted due to the patrilineal inheritance practices that favour men over women. While women cannot inherit land, they have rights to land before marriage and are entitled to cultivate land upon marriage" (para 1)
Feb. 11, 2019, 6:06 p.m.
Countries: Singapore

"Differences between civil law and Sharia are most evident in matters related to inheritance. Traditionally, across all cultures in Singapore, sons inherited family assets while daughters were expected to marry into another family. This pattern is less common today, as civil law grants equal rights to male and female heirs. By contrast, Islamic law typically continues to favour male heirs" (48)
Feb. 8, 2019, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Mali

"While the law provides for equal property rights, traditional practices and ignorance of the law prevented women from taking full advantage of their rights" (page 22).
Jan. 28, 2019, 9:21 p.m.
Countries: South Africa

"The customary tenure system uses patrilineal transfer of land ownership. In patrilineal societies, inheritance and descent are traced through the father’s lineage and property devolves along the male line, to the exclusion of women. The male heir is responsible for maintaining and caring for the estate and its dependants: namely, the widow and the children" (para 15-16)
Jan. 22, 2019, 9:02 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania

"The statutory deference granted to both customary law and Islamic law in mainland Tanzania is particularly discriminatory toward polygamous co-wives. Under Islamic law, a Muslim man is allowed to marry up to four wives. Contrary to customary law, Islamic law does allow widows and daughters to inherit, although the amounts allotted to each are half that allotted to their male counterparts. Islamic law explicitly provides that widows and daughters only get one-half of the property interest of men in the same familial position. Specifically, widows with children are entitled to one eighth of their spouse’s estate, whereas a widower with children is entitled to one-fourth. A widow without children is...more
Jan. 22, 2019, 8:17 p.m.
Countries: East Timor

"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. 22, 2019, 6:56 p.m.
Countries: Togo

"Togolese custom is very unfavourable to women in the matter of inheritance. Women are not entitled to inherit from their husbands or fathers, but can hold property in usufruct" (272)
Jan. 19, 2019, 3:13 p.m.
Countries: Uganda
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Inheritance/succession de facto practices: According to the patriarchal system of inheritance in place in most of the 56 indigenous communities, the male kin of the deceased will take care of the survived wife and children. De facto, this rarely happens and often the wife and children are dispossessed of the family’s assets and forced to move back to the widow’s parents’ home, where she becomes dependent on her male relatives" (para 22)
Jan. 8, 2019, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Nigeria
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"'By custom, widows subject to customary marriages are not regarded as part of the family; as such, when their husbands die, no matter the level of closeness or contribution to the estate of the deceased’s estates, they are to be excluded. Where there are children, the children inherit. The wife is incapable of inheriting the husband property,' Oni said" (Para 23-24).
Jan. 2, 2019, 2:04 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Sharia requires men, but not women, to provide for their families. Because of this expectation, sharia inheritance law provides, in some instances, men with a larger share of an inheritance. . . . Non-Muslim women and their Muslim husbands may not inherit from each other. . . . Spouses may, however, freely give up to a third of their estate to whomever they designate in their will" (page 18).
Dec. 21, 2018, 4:39 p.m.
Countries: Tunisia

"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. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Women are discriminated against in the realm of property and inheritance as well since the Government recognizes the authority of village elders and religious or ethnic leaders to adjudicate property rights. For example, Kachin customary law favors sons over daughter in inheritance disputes; in divorce cases, the Palaung and the Kachin grant property to the husband as a matter of right" (page 28). "Palaung: By Palaung customary law, when a women and a man get divorced, women do not have the right to an inheritance, even if she needs to raise children by herself. Source: Palaung Women’s Organisation (PWO). Kuki: By Kuki customary law, when a woman and a man...more
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-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...In rare cases Kosovo-Albanian widows, particularly in rural areas, risked losing custody of their children due to a custom requiring children and property to pass to the deceased father’s family while the widow returned to her birth family" (para 121)
Sept. 26, 2018, 11:01 a.m.
Countries: Afghanistan
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Lack of access to civil documentation such as tazkera (national IDs) and marriage certificates is a major, but hidden, reason for difficulties in gaining access to justice. Without tazkera and a marriage certificate, women cannot legally claim inheritance or assert their rights in divorce cases" (para 6).
Sept. 14, 2018, 10:13 a.m.
Countries: Maldives

"Women have been historically disadvantaged, particularly in the application of Islamic law in matters such as divorce, education, inheritance, and providing legal testimony, including on rape" (17).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Qatar
Variables: IAW-PRACTICE-1

"Traditions of sharia also significantly disadvantage women in family, property, and inheritance law and in the judicial system generally. For example, a non-Muslim wife does not have the automatic right to inherit from her Muslim husband. She receives an inheritance only if her husband wills her a portion of his estate, and even then she is eligible to receive only one-third of the total estate" (17).
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-PRACTICE-1

"A tradition known as “the customary third” provides the wife with the right to only one-third of a couple’s joint holdings upon dissolution of the marriage, and families occasionally observed the tradition" (17-18).
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).