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Title:Statutory law, patriarchy and inheritance: home ownership among widows in Uganda
Author:Asiimwe, Florence AkiikiISNI
Periodical:African Sociological Review
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:law of inheritance
customary law
urban women
gender inequality
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/afrisocirevi.13.1.124
Abstract:This paper discusses the ways in which urban widows in Uganda are deprived of home ownership upon the death of their husbands. It is based on qualitative research conducted in the middle-income areas of Kampala between 2004 and 2007. The results show that the institutional legal framework and patriarchal customary practices and beliefs deprive widows of home ownership notwithstanding the gender-sensitive Constitution. The study also shows that the special ways in which widows are able to inherit the matrimonial home upon the death of their husbands demonstrate the difficulty widows face to become home owners. Bibliogr., note, ref., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]