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Women’s Land and Property Rights

SALC’s Women’s Land and Property Rights programme has the following objectives:

  • Developing jurisprudence through cases challenging discrimination in areas of inheritance; sharing and distribution of matrimonial property; legal capacity of married women; and chieftainship.
  • Challenging the denial of women’s right to participate in decision-making on acquisition of land resources and developmental programmes affecting rural land and resources.
  • Highlighting the particular impact of forced evictions and mining pollution on women.
LesothoWomen’s Land and Property Rights

SALC joins the fight to repeal Lesotho law banning women from becoming chiefs

Through the variety of legal cases and jurisdictions in which SALC has worked, SALC has developed expertise regarding women’s rights as well as comparative constitutional law and international and regional law. SALC is challenging Lesotho’s discriminatory Chieftainship Act, which only allows the first-born son to succeed to chieftainship. SALC filed…
Staff Writer
18 Jan 2012
LesothoNewsWomen’s Land and Property Rights

NEWS RELEASE: LESOTHO LAW BANNING WOMEN FROM BECOMING CHIEFS IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL AND MUST BE REPEALED, SAYS SALC

Johannesburg—The Southern Africa Litigation Centre (SALC) today joined the fight to repeal parts of Lesotho’s discriminatory Chieftainship Act, which only allows the first-born son to succeed to chieftainship, by filing submissions in a landmark case that is due before the country’s Constitutional Court next month. “Universally denying women the ability…
Staff Writer
17 Jan 2012
LesothoWomen’s Land and Property Rights

SALC amicus: Masupha v the senior resident magistrate for the subordinate court of Berea and others

The submission highlights the role that the right to equality and the elimination of discrimination play in ensuring an effective response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In the submission SALC argues that discriminatory laws that affect women further entrench the HIV/AIDS pandemic by reducing women’s economic autonomy and thus their ability to…
Staff Writer
16 Jan 2012
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AFRICAN COMMISSION: AFRICAN COUNTRIES URGED TO DEEPEN RIGHTS CULTURE

African countries have been asked to deepen their culture of human rights and mutually encourage one another to respond progressively and decisively to the right to development. This call was made Wednesday by the African Union’s Commissioner for Political Affairs, Mrs Julia Dolly Joiner at the opening of the 48th …
Staff Writer
11 Nov 2010
Articles and OpinionsMalawiNewsWomen’s Land and Property Rights

Women’s property rights case to be heard by Malawi’s constitutional court July 15

Compared to many of the cases in which we are involved (defending Monjeza and Chimbalanga against charges of buggery, challenging the coerced sterilization of HIV positive women), holding Zimbabwean perpetrators of violence to account in South Africa) a constitutional challenge to the disparity in women’s access to property may seem a little bland.…
Staff Writer
21 May 2010