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Rights and Reality: Are women's equal rights to land, housing and property implemented in East Africa?

Rights and Reality: Are women's equal rights to land, housing and property implemented in East Africa?

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Women's equal rights to land, housing and property are recognized in international law and are translated into national law by an increasing number of governments. However, the implementation of these rights into reality on the ground remains an enormous challenge. This book examines the role that women's organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have played in affecting recent law reforms, and provides a detailed analysis of national legislation and policies on land, housing and inheritance in these three countries. It also describes mechanisms used by civil society organizations and paralegal networks to help implement women's equal rights at community level. A historical background of the region and an overview of international human rights instruments are included. The study concludes with specific recommendations, which could help translate women's rights to reality.
Women's equal rights to land, housing and property are recognized in international law and are translated into national law by an increasing number of governments. However, the implementation of these rights into reality on the ground remains an enormous challenge. This book examines the role that women's organizations in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have played in affecting recent law reforms, and provides a detailed analysis of national legislation and policies on land, housing and inheritance in these three countries. It also describes mechanisms used by civil society organizations and paralegal networks to help implement women's equal rights at community level. A historical background of the region and an overview of international human rights instruments are included. The study concludes with specific recommendations, which could help translate women's rights to reality.

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RIGHTS
AND
 REALITY 
Are women's equal rights to land, housingand property implemented in East Africa?
UNITED NATIONS HUMAN SETTLEMENTS PROGRAMME
 
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RIGHTS
 
AND
 
REALITY 
Are women’s equal rights to land, housing andproperty implemented in East Africa?
United Nations Human Settlements ProgrammeApril 2002
by 
Marjolein Benschop
 
iiPublished by United Nations Human Settlements ProgrammeUN-HABITATLand and Tenure SectionShelter BranchP.O. Box 30030Nairobi, KenyaTel. (+254 -2) 62 38 58Fax (+254-2) 62 42 65www.unhabitat.orgEmail: landtenure@unhabitat.orgThe findings, interpretations and conclusions in this publication are those of the author anddo not necessarily represent the views of UN-HABITAT or any affiliated organization.Cover photo: Dieter Telemans/Panos PicturesLayout and cover: Marjolein Benschop and Amrik KalsiPrinting: UNON PrintshopApril 2002
ISBN: 92-1-131663-4HS/667/02E

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