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Latest items for LO-LAW-1

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. 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).
Feb. 6, 2019, 7:33 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Under customary law, constitutionally recognized as a parallel legal system, women were disadvantaged with regard to property rights, inheritance, and succession rights" (Pg 17). "The law prohibits discrimination against women in access to employment or credit, education, pay, housing, or in owning or managing businesses. Women, however, faced discrimination in employment, business, and access to credit (see section 7.d.)" (Pg 19).
Feb. 6, 2019, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Liberia

"Women and men enjoy the same legal status. By law women can inherit land and property, are entitled to receive equal pay for equal work, have the right of equal access to education, and can own and manage businesses. Women experienced discrimination, however, in such areas as employment (see section 7.d.), credit, pay, education, and housing. In rural areas traditional practice or traditional leaders often did not recognize a woman’s right to inherit land. Programs to educate traditional leaders about women’s rights made some progress, but authorities often did not enforce those rights" (Pg 17).
Feb. 4, 2019, 3:44 p.m.
Countries: United Kingdom
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law on property rights is gender-neutral, and there is therefore equal protection for women’s and men’s property rights under the law that applies to a particular relationship (family law on divorce or the dissolution of a civil partnership, and civil law on property, contracts and trusts where couples had cohabited but were not in a legal union)" (36).
Feb. 3, 2019, 9:09 p.m.
Countries: Costa Rica
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the measures taken by the State party aimed at promoting women’s entrepreneurship and the provision of loans and other forms of financial credit to women" (11).
Jan. 29, 2019, 2:53 p.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes the adoption in 2015 of a law to protect the right of married women to apply for bank loans in their own name. However, it is concerned that the public social assistance system, established in accordance with Act No. 12 of 2011, on social security assistance, discriminates with regard to the identification of beneficiaries. 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. 5, 2019, 10:23 p.m.
Countries: Swaziland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"[In] Swaziland –A woman married in community of property can now register property in her own name" (para 25).
Jan. 5, 2019, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Laos
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"In this connection, the Lao Women’s Union Centre organized skills training for women, such as short term vocational training on various topics to enhance labour skills for women living in poverty to provide them with opportunities to get employment and generate income. The training sessions were attended by 7,373 participants, of whom 7,239 were female from 68 “3 builds” villages. Another temporary measure to help women earn more income is the campaign for women to set up Village Saving Schemes and Solidarity/Collective Fund which can be used for securing loans for women to run SMEs and build their family economy, promote education, eradicate poverty. The project is running in 16...more
Jan. 4, 2019, 10:45 p.m.
Countries: Lesotho
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"[In] Lesotho –Property can now be registered in the name of women married in community property" (para 17).
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).