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Property and inheritance rights - Issue 3
Women and Law in Southern Africa (WLSA)
April 04, 2012

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WIN 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women face some common problems in property and inheritance rights that range from customary and religious laws, outdated laws, legal plural-ism and lack of implementation of positive laws.

WIN convened 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 emphasised.

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 clear.

Together we can!

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