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Title:Women's Property Rights and the Laws of Succession in Uganda: Reform Propositions
Author:Kafumbe, Anthony L.
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:women's rights
law of inheritance
legal pluralism
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Abstract:This article argues that in a patriarchal, multiethnic and multireligious country like Uganda, where people's lives are governed mainly by customary and religious laws, it is difficult to realize gender equality. Only a radical secular law reform as opposed to legal pluralism can truly emancipate women. If the State endorses legal pluralism, it would be abandoning women to the perils of patriarchy. If Uganda's Domestic Relations Bill is to effectively emancipate women, legal pluralism in family and succession laws must be eliminated. One modern uniform secular law of succession applicable to all is the way forward. The article delves into the merits of secular laws and the need to eradicate legal pluralism for true women's emancipation in multicultural Uganda. It also analyses the circumstances that make women the more adversely affected by the laws of succession, and makes a number of propositions to reform these laws. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]