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July 6, 2018, 6:49 p.m.
Countries: Uruguay
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"With regard to financial support and access to credit in rural areas, during the 2007–2013 period, the microfinance programme of the territorial policy area of the Planning and Budget Office (OPP) allocated $3,449,836 to working with local institutions for the development of production enterprises headed by women. The various projects focusing exclusively on support for women entrepreneurs, which are funded out of the Microfinance programme, collectively benefited 342 women (Table 47). In March 2014 the Local Economic Development Division “Uruguay Closer to Home” was created, and since 2014 has included a programme specifically aimed at support for 100 women entrepreneurs in the metropolitan area consisting of the departments of San...more
June 28, 2018, 4:51 p.m.
Countries: Tanzania
Variables: LO-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).
June 26, 2018, 8:45 p.m.
Countries: Lithuania
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Men and women have the same legal status and rights, including under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws" (14).
June 25, 2018, 9 p.m.
Countries: Luxembourg
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The law provides for the same legal status and rights for women as for men, including rights under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance law and in the judicial system" (8).
June 25, 2018, 8:57 p.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).
June 25, 2018, 8:56 p.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).
June 21, 2018, 3:52 p.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).
June 14, 2018, 5:52 p.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).
June 13, 2018, 8:41 p.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).
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with concern that indigenous women in the State party, including Endorois women, have limited access to traditional lands owing to the failure to implement the ruling of 2010 by the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, which recognized their rights to ancestral land in the Rift Valley, and the lack of consultation with them" (13)
June 9, 2018, 4:42 p.m.
Countries: Kenya
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee commends the State party on the measures that it has taken to support the economic empowerment of women, including the establishment of the Women Enterprise Fund, the Youth Enterprise Development Fund and the Uwezo Fund, as well as the reservation of 30 per cent of public procurement opportunities for women, young people and persons with disabilities. However, it is concerned about practical barriers preventing women from benefiting from those initiatives, including reports that the Uwezo Fund is difficult to access and lacks clear criteria" (12)
June 7, 2018, 5:24 p.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).
June 5, 2018, 6:03 p.m.
Countries: Greece
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Women enjoy the same legal status and rights as men under family, labor, property, nationality, and inheritance laws, with exceptions related to the practice of sharia law involving the Muslim minority of Thrace" (21).
June 3, 2018, 5:28 p.m.
Countries: Russia
Variables: LO-LAW-1, ATDW-LAW-1, ADCM-LAW-1

"The law upholds equal ownership rights for women and men. The civil code provides equal rights to access to land and access to other property for men and women. Unless their marriage contract states otherwise, all property acquired during a marriage is the couple’s joint property, and it is divided into two equal shares in the event of divorce. Each spouse retains ownership and management of property acquired before marriage or inherited after marriage," (55).
June 1, 2018, 10:46 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that discriminatory practices prevent women from acquiring ownership of land since only the “head of household” is authorized to sign official documentation such as land ownership certificates and to receive pieces of land from Government" (8).
May 29, 2018, 7:52 p.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).
May 29, 2018, 7:49 p.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).
May 29, 2018, 10:25 a.m.
Countries: Sri Lanka
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes that discriminatory practices prevent women from acquiring ownership of land since only the “head of household” is authorized to sign official documentation such as land ownership certificates and to receive pieces of land from Government" (8).
April 26, 2018, 3:28 p.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).
April 25, 2018, 3:38 p.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).
April 20, 2018, 3:05 p.m.
Countries: Fiji
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority issues a letter containing a person’s tax identification number (TIN) and women can use this letter to open a new bank account, acquire a bank loan, enter into hire purchase credits and agreement. The Consumer Credit Act 1999 regulates consumer credit agreements and related mortgages, guarantees, sale contracts and insurance contracts, leases and hire purchase agreements. Any aggrieved party to a credit agreement may seek redress in a court of law or the small claims tribunal for amounts up to F$5,000" (33).
April 20, 2018, 1:18 a.m.
Countries: Spain
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee notes with appreciation the increases in grants for the advancement of rural women, innovation excellence awards and training for rural professionals. It expresses its concern, however, that, notwithstanding the provisions of Law No. 35/2011 on shared ownership of agricultural enterprises, more than 70 per cent of the owners are men" (10).
April 11, 2018, 9:23 a.m.
Countries: Burkina Faso
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Act No. 034-2009/AN of 16 June 2009 on rural land tenure, which inter alia establishes the principle of gender equality with regard to access to land in rural areas" (11). "The following special measures are in progress: 1) Establishment of the Unit of Support for Women’s Entrepreneurship, with a CFAF 5 billion line of credit from the Burkina Faso Fund for Social and Economic Development of (FBDES), to provide women entrepreneurs with access to credit at acceptable terms; 2) In 2014, establishment in the Burkina Faso Financing and Interbank Guarantee Company (SOFIGIB) of a CFAF 500 million fund earmarked for guaranteeing loans to women entrepreneurs" (15). "On 15 May 2008,...more
April 6, 2018, 10:56 a.m.
Countries: Kuwait
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"Furthermore, the State does not discriminate between men and women in respect of the right to obtain bank loans and mortgages, when the conditions are met" (28). "Furthermore, they do not restrict the legal capacity of women on grounds of marriage or ties of kinship. Accordingly, if a woman attains the legal age of majority, she is competent to exercise all the rights and carry out all the legal transactions for which provision is made in the Civil Code and other laws in force. She is also competent to administer her property and possessions, as well as her personal affairs, without the imposition of restriction, limitation or impediment in regard...more
April 5, 2018, 9:17 p.m.
Countries: Lebanon
Variables: CWC-DATA-2, LO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the creation, in 2008, of the National Observatory for Women in Agriculture and Rural Areas by the Ministry of Agriculture. The Committee notes with concern, however, the lack of updated and disaggregated data on the participation of women in the agricultural sector. It remains concerned about the exclusion of women agricultural seasonal workers from the protection of the Labour Code and the limited initiatives to increase women’s access to rural entrepreneurship through technical assistance, microcredit facilities and bank accounts" (pg 11).
April 4, 2018, 4:40 p.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).
March 30, 2018, 11:25 a.m.
Countries: India
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The property rights enshrined in the Hindu Succession Act of 1956 (as amended in 2005) testimonies the liberal progressive approach of Indian political system by placing female property rights at par with their male counterparts" (109).
March 23, 2018, 1:50 p.m.
Countries: Burundi
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The right to access bank loans is still in force and Burundian women always have access to credit on an equal footing with men" (6). "There are no longer any barriers to granting loans to a married woman; and so on" (13). "Right of access to bank loans remains unaltered and women enjoy the same access to credit as men" (24). "Regarding access to loans, as underscored in the previous report, 'With respect to bank loans, Burundian women enjoy this right on an equal footing with men. Since the previous report, the number of loans granted to women has increased, and the nature of the loans has extended to commercial...more
March 20, 2018, 1:29 p.m.
Countries: Gambia
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"The Committee welcomes the progress achieved since the consideration in 2005 of the State party’s combined initial, second and third periodic reports (CEDAW/C/GMB/1-3) in undertaking legislative reforms, in particular the adoption of the following legislation: (a) Domestic Violence Act, in 2013; (b) Sexual Offences Act, in 2013; (c) Women’s Act, in 2010; (d) Legal Aid Act, in 2008; (e) Trafficking in Persons Act, in 2007" (page 1-2) (Coder comment: the 2010 Women's act includes provisions for equality in employment, access to education, and property ownership - ARR). "The Committee welcomes the initiatives taken by the State party to promote the economic empowerment of women, such as the provision of microcredits,...more
March 17, 2018, 1:48 p.m.
Countries: El Salvador
Variables: LO-LAW-1

"During the reporting period, the Act on the Financial System for Promotion of Development was approved, giving rise to the National Development Bank of El Salvador, which administers the Programme of Guarantees for businesswomen and women entrepreneurs who are attended to at the locations of Women’s City. As of 31 August 2014, it had granted a total of 563 credits for an average amount of $556.49 per credit. In October 2014, the Bank launched its Women’s Bank programme (Programa Banca Mujer) aimed at promoting economic development and financial inclusion for Salvadoran women entrepreneurs by three avenues: credit lines, guarantees for training, and technical assistance. The Solidarity Fund for Micro-enterprise Families...more