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and inheritance rights - Issue 3
and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA)
April 04, 2012
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NETWORK HOLDS MEETINGS AT THE 56TH CSW 2012
The Women Inheritance
Now network comprises of organizations from Zimbabwe, Malawi, Kenya,
Tanzania, Ethiopia, Namibia, Uganda, South Africa, Zambia, Lesotho
and Swaziland that focus on the property and inheritance rights
of women. WLSA Zimbabwe is part of WIN.
WIN is the brainchild
of WLSA Malawi and FIDA Kenya that was formed after the realization
that African women face some common problems in property and inheritance
rights that range from customary and religious laws, outdated laws,
legal plural-ism and lack of implementation of positive laws.
two meetings at the CSW 2012 with support from the Open Society
Foundation. The 1st meeting involved WIN and non-Win members
with a focus on identifying the critical issues women face in relation
to property and inheritance rights. One of the recommendations from
the first meeting was that research should be conducted on the different
land tenure systems and implications for women's property
and inheritance rights. Interlinkages between the rights were also
emphasized so that a more holistic approach is adopted. The link
between HIV/Aids and property and inheritance rights was particularly
The second meeting
was a WIN strategic meeting. The major recommendation was the strengthening
of the network so that the rights of women can be heard loud and
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