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‘Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach’ – Days 2 & 3

May 1, 2014

Day two and three of ‘Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach‘ continued to build upon the success of day one.  Consistently strong attendance of more than 100 people ensured that lively discussion followed each of the panels.  Photos can be found on the conference page under the ‘Events’ tab above and audio recordings of […]

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'Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach' – Days 2 & 3

Day two and three of ‘Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach‘ continued to build upon the success of day one.  Consistently strong attendance of more than 100 people ensured that lively discussion followed each of the panels.  Photos can be found on the conference page under the ‘Events’ tab above and audio recordings of […]

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Inspiring Change Through Law for International Women’s Day

March 9, 2014

March 8th is International Women’s Day, formally observed by the United Nations in recognition of the fact that ‘securing peace and social progress and the full enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms require the active participation, equality and development of women’ and to acknowledge ‘the contribution of women to strengthening the strengthening of international […]

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Mmusi Ruling a Watershed Moment for Gender and Customary Law in Botswana and Beyond

September 23, 2013

On September 3rd, the Court of Appeal in Botswana decided that Edith Mmusi’s parents’ home belonged to her and her sisters. In doing so, Botswana’s highest court struck a blow to rigid versions of customary law and breathed new meaning into the Botswana Constitution’s provisions to prevent unfair discrimination. Edith Mmusi’s story Edith Mmusi, 80, […]

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Equal Inheritance Rights for Women in Botswana

October 19, 2012

  The latest decision of the Botswana High Court on inheritance rights in Edith Mmusi v Ramantele is a pivotal step for women in Botswana and Africa as a whole.  A number of African countries still have discriminatory customary law practices that effectively leave women with nothing on the death of a male family member. […]

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