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Title:New perspectives on women's rights to property in marriage, upon divorce, and during widowhood in Uganda
Author:Kafumbe, Anthony Luyirika
Periodical:East African Journal of Peace and Human Rights (ISSN 1021-8858)
Geographic term:Uganda
Subjects:family law
law of inheritance
property rights
married women
Abstract:Cognizant of the hardships women encounter in patriarchal societies, the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda prescribes affirmative action in favour of disadvantaged groups including women so as to redress structural and social inequalities. Close to 15 years after the Constitution was promulgated, however, the matrimonial property rights situation of many Ugandan women remains unsatisfactory. Furthermore, whereas Uganda ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in 1985, the country is yet to fully implement it. This article examines why and how, having failed to fully abide with its constitutional and international human rights obligations, Uganda should adopt radical measures so as to expeditiously advance the property rights of women in marriage, upon divorce and widowhood. The reform proposals include, among others, a marital property regime that provides for joint ownership of the matrimonial home and household property. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]