The most comprehensive compilation of information on the status of
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Latest items for LO-LAW-1

Aug. 30, 2017, 3:14 p.m.
Countries: Mauritania
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee is especially concerned about the situation of rural women, about their lack of information and of participation in decision-making processes and about their lack of access to health care, social security services, education, justice, clean water, electricity, land and credit facilities" (8)
Aug. 30, 2017, 3:08 p.m.
Countries: Hungary
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 3:04 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 3:01 p.m.
Countries: Japan
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:57 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:54 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Countries: Slovakia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:48 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:45 p.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:39 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:35 p.m.
Countries: Switzerland
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:24 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Here we should recall that in both rural and urban areas, married women were restricted in their rights to ownership of property until the Decree of 8 October 1982, which recognised their legal status" (98)
Aug. 30, 2017, 2:13 p.m.
Countries: Haiti
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“It was only in 1982 that married women could legally own property despite the fact that in the countryside, both men and women had obtained property through customary inheritance" (134)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:58 p.m.
Countries: Iraq
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“Women in Iraq have the legal rights to access land and property other than land. They may also enter into financial contracts and have access to bank loans and other forms of credit…” (149)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:43 p.m.
Countries: Kazakhstan
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“The Kazakh Civil Code guarantees equal ownership rights for women and men, making provisions for them to possess, use, and inherit property. The country’s land reform was based on the principle of gender equality..." (73)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:42 p.m.
Countries: Georgia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“Georgian women appear to have the same ownership rights as men, and there seems to be no discrimination in relation to access to land. Women and men have the same rights of access to property other than land and both spouses have equal legal rights of ownership over the couple’s joint property" (71)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:35 p.m.
Countries: Germany
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Under section 14 of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, women have the right to non-discrimination in the ownership and access to land"
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:27 p.m.
Countries: North Korea
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“The CEDAW Committee reports that individual property rights in North Korea derive from socialist distribution according to work carried out, and that the law makes no distinction between men and women in that respect...Within marriage, both spouses have equal rights to access to land and to property other than land: they separately own and control property of a personal nature, or alternatively, share joint ownership of any family property" (33)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:26 p.m.
Countries: Ghana
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“Legal frameworks in Ghana provide women very limited access to ownership rights. The land tenure system is currently governed by customary law. As a result, women’s access to land and to agricultural inputs is relatively poor...Women and men in Ghana have equal rights in relation to access to property other than land. However, customary law considers property as a family asset to be administered by the family head, who is usually a man...Women’s access to bank loans is more limited than that of men” (227)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:24 p.m.
Countries: Congo
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“There is no legal discrimination against women in regard to access to property other than land...They have access to land through three main channels: i) matrilineal or patrilineal filiations (most often, the head of the lineage is a man and the filiation patrilineal, but it is possible to choose to allocate the land to a woman.); ii) marriage (at the husband’s request, the head of the lineage may allocate land to the wife); or iii) rent and purchase" (211)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:21 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“Finally, women’s access to bank loans is also restricted: legally women no longer need to obtain their husband’s permission to open bank accounts, engage in business or obtain loans" (203)
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:17 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women can own property and businesses in their name, and they can obtain credit at a bank"
Aug. 30, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
Countries: Iran
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women can own property and businesses in their name, and they can obtain credit at a bank"
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:46 p.m.
Countries: Gabon
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Land laws in Gabon do not distinguish between men and women with respect to access to land for building purposes, but in the event they are married, the land itself is always considered the property of husbands. As such, married women are unable to own land independently. Unmarried women legally have the same right to property as men." This information is from the Civil Code, articles 335, 336, and 368, World Bank 2013a, and CEDAW 2003. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:31 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Property and land ownership is governed by civil law in Bahrain, not by Sharia law. Under civil law, women have the same legal capacity as men." This information is from CEDAW 2007. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:30 p.m.
Countries: Bahrain
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"On marriage, a woman retains control and ownership of any property that she owns unless stipulated in the marriage contract; she can manage and dispose of that property without her husband’s consent." This information is from CEDAW 2007. (MLFD - CODER COMMENT)
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:09 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman sign a contract in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 12:04 p.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Can an unmarried woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman register a business in the same way as a man? Yes. Can an unmarried woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes. Can a married woman open a bank account in the same way as a man? Yes"
Aug. 30, 2017, 11:43 a.m.
Countries: Austria
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Men and women have equal ownership rights to land in Austria. No data on women’s access to and ownership of land was found. Men and women have equal ownership rights to non-land assets in Austria"
Aug. 30, 2017, 11:34 a.m.
Countries: Argentina
Variables: LO-LAW-1

“Law 11.357 [1926] enables women of legal age, regardless of civil status, 'to exercise all the rights and civil functions that the laws granted men of legal age'...They also could take any employment they chose and administer their earnings as they wished, belong to any civil or commercial association or cooperative, and administer the property of children of previous marriages…Although [the law’s] objective was to free women from legal impediments, it still left significant concessions to the husband...It presumed that a husband had the right to administer his wife’s property without accounting for it if she failed to register her will to the contrary" (210)