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International Journal of Advanced Engineering, Management and Science

Women and Land Rights: Legal Barriers Impede Women’s Access to Resources

( Vol-2,Issue-10,October 2016 )

Author(s): Dr. A. Irin Sutha

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Page No: 1682-1685
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inherit, statutory, customary, religious law.


A woman’s ability to own, inherit and control land and property is absolutely vital to her ability to access resources and participate in the economy. Yet many women do not have legal ownership rights to the land on which they live and work. This can increase women’s dependence on husbands and male, land-owning relatives and limit their access to credit and productive inputs. The Thomson Reuters Foundation and the World Bank partnered to better understand legal frameworks that affect women’s ability to access resources, with a particular focus on the legal and cultural barriers to women’s secure land rights. It covered both statutory and customary law, with a particular focus on how laws work in practice. This work should be seen as complementing other gender and law resources such as the World Bank’s Women, Business and the Law. In practice, women are disadvantaged in many countries where customary or religious law prevails with regards property laws, marital property regimes and inheritance. This Paper highlights Women and Land Rights, Legal Barriers impede women’s to access the resources.

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