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Title:The Changing Family Structure and Legal Lag in Lesotho: Implications for the Future
Author:Modo, I.V.O.
Periodical:African Anthropologist (ISSN 1024-0969)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Lesotho
Southern Africa
Subjects:social change
family law
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Women's Issues
Family Life
Cultural Roles
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Sex Roles
Status of Women
Women and Their Children
Family structure
Right of property
Bride price
customary law
social problems
External link:https://www.ajol.info/index.php/aa/article/view/23104
Abstract:The migration pattern of ablebodied Sotho men in the last three decades has considerably altered the family structure in Lesotho. Men marry late. The impact of migration has been apparent in practices such as abandonment of wives, entrenched 'setsoalle' or 'nyatsi', cohabitation and increasing numbers of street children. The legal structure is not keeping pace with these changes. For example, while over 50 percent of households in Lesotho are headed or managed by women, women are considered as minors and have no right to property. Family laws, especially the customary ones, need to be rethought. Issues which need to be addressed include the question of community of property within marriage, the allocation of unmarried daughters, the status of illegitimate children and the responsibility of men for their children born in and out of wedlock. Bibliogr., notes, sum.