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Latest items for LO-LAW-1

Dec. 6, 2018, 12:25 p.m.
Countries: Trinidad/Tobago
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to implement strategies aimed at poverty reduction, such as a targeted conditional cash transfer programme and a microenterprise loan facility" (page 12).
Nov. 16, 2018, 9:46 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Other policies and practices allow only men to be considered head of household for purposes of land registration in certain parts of Burma and the Government has done nothing to ensure a woman’s right to serve as head of household" (page 4).
Nov. 12, 2018, 8:37 p.m.
Countries: Kosovo
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-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" (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: LO-LAW-1

"The 2016 land use policy emphasizes the recognition, protection, and registration of legitimate land tenure rights of ... ethnic nationalities, women, and other vulnerable groups...ethnic groups in Kachin, Mon, Kayin, and Shan States may not have formal legal recognition under the land laws" (12). "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).
Oct. 12, 2018, 2:17 p.m.
Countries: Palestine
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The new amendments allow Palestinian women to... open bank accounts in their names" (para 6).
Oct. 3, 2018, 1:31 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LO-LAW-1, ATDW-LAW-5

"Although the law accords women and men the same legal rights and status, including property rights in divorce cases, many women did not fully enjoy such rights" (para 109)
Sept. 21, 2018, 5:23 p.m.
Countries: Oman
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Banking services make no distinction between males and females. Such services include facilities and loans, whether personal or for projects. The status of women in this regard is affirmed in the Civil Transactions Law issued by Royal Decree No. 29/2013, which grants women legal capacity equal to that of men in respect of all civil transactions, including obtaining bank loans and real estate mortgages. Article 496 of the aforesaid law grants women the right to obtain loans on a par with men. The Commerce Law issued by Royal Decree No. 55/90 entitles individuals to engage in commercial activity without gender discrimination. Article 79 et seq. thereof contains provisions on commercial...more
Sept. 13, 2018, 8:11 a.m.
Countries: Saudi Arabia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The government has announced ... women no longer need the consent of a male relative to open their own businesses, a step away from the kingdom's guardianship system" (para. 18).
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. 6, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Honduras
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Marta Chávez, 29, from La Ceiba in northern Honduras, was shot eight times at close range on Boxing Day 2012 by killers hired by her boyfriend who wanted the deeds to a small plot of land they owned together. Chávez suffered a perforated lung but survived" (para 41)
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:38 a.m.
Countries: Nicaragua
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law provides equality for both genders, including under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws" (22).
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, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Burma/Myanmar
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"She is not the only one to be crippled by high interest loans in Yangon. In a recent survey of three townships, Save the Children discovered that 85 percent of households have taken out a loan from a local moneylender" (para 6). It appears that loans are available to both men and women, however, many individuals are taking loans from local moneylenders that may or may not actually be legally licensed to distribute loans anyway (AA-CODER COMMENT).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:24 a.m.
Countries: Chile
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee is deeply concerned about the persistence of legislation which discriminates against women with regard to the administration of marital property and reiterates its concern that legal reform in this regard has been pending since 1995 (CEDAW/C/CHI/CO/4, para. 9)" (10).
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:23 a.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"In 2011, 30 per cent of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises with loans in the national financial system were run by women. In 2013, the country granted 6,492 loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises led by women, corresponding to 31.73 per cent of loans granted in that year, up slightly from the 2011 level" (28). "Although support provided to women by the national banking system is significant, which includes credit lines that are specific for women (for example, Banco Nacional’s Banca Mujer credit line), there is still a gender gap in access to business credits: for every loan obtained by women, 2.15 are granted to men" (29). "With the...more
Sept. 5, 2018, 10:21 a.m.
Countries: Egypt
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Several times, the mother tried to get loans from different financial institutions but she faced a lot of barriers" (para 4). The specific barriers are not described, however, it appears to not be necessarily legal barriers because later in the article the daughters do secure a loan (AA-CODER COMMENT). “'After a few months, we got our first loan of LE.500,' said Yasmin" (para 5).
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. 5, 2018, 10 a.m.
Countries: Philippines
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law accords women the same property rights as men. In Muslim and indigenous communities, however, property ownership law or tradition grants men more property rights than women" (27).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:59 a.m.
Countries: Taiwan
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law provides the same legal status and rights for women as for men, including under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:58 a.m.
Countries: Thailand
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the State party’s efforts to reduce poverty through access to loans and credit, such as the establishment of the Women’s Empowerment Fund in 2012. However, it is concerned at reports of mismanagement of the Fund and of the low number of women who have benefited from it" (12).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:54 a.m.
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The government often excluded women from certain social benefits including land grants for building houses because tribal family law often designates men as the heads of families" (23).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:44 a.m.
Countries: Vanuatu
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"Although the law does not prohibit women from owning or inheriting land, tradition generally barred women from land ownership" (11).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:43 a.m.
Countries: Venezuela
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"The law provides women with property rights equal to those of men, but women frequently waived these rights by signing over the equivalent of powers of attorney to their husbands" (32).
Sept. 5, 2018, 9:42 a.m.
Countries: Vietnam
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Land Law, which provides for the issuance of land-use certificates in the name of both spouses, in 2013" (2). "The Committee welcomes the fact that the Land Law (2013) provides for the issuance of land-use certificates in the name of both spouses, but remains concerned that, in practice, male-only certificates are often issued and that mediation of disputes tends to favour men over women" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 11:28 a.m.
Countries: Zimbabwe
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law recognizes a woman’s right to own property, but very few women did so because of patriarchal inheritance rights under customary practice" (34).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women enjoy the same rights as men under the constitution and law, including in family, labor, education, property, nationality, and inheritance law" (16).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:30 a.m.
Countries: Sweden
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Gender-based discrimination in access to credit, owning or managing a business, and access to education and housing is prohibited and not commonly reported" (11).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:29 a.m.
Countries: South Africa
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Discrimination against women remained a serious problem despite legal equality in family, labor, property, inheritance, nationality, divorce, and child custody matters" (33). "The Department of Trade and Industry provided incentive grants to promote the development of small and medium-size businesses and microenterprises for women, young persons, and persons with disabilities. The department also operated the Isivande Women’s Fund to improve women’s access to formal finance" (34).
Sept. 4, 2018, 10:28 a.m.
Countries: Solomon Islands
Variables: LO-PRACTICE-1, LO-LAW-1

"While the law accords women equal legal rights, including the right to own property, most women were limited to customary family roles that prevented them from taking more active responsibility in economic and political life" (11).