The study reviews the formal and customary laws and practices governing the rights of women to inherit land in six South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka). The study includes an analysis of existing laws and customs and their impact on inheritance and land rights in all six countries. It also provides recommendations for how to design interventions that can attempt to improve women’s inheritance rights.
Taking the case of the new Shia family law introduced in Afghanistan in 2009, the author argues that international pressure for women’s rights is selective. There is no pressure for granting the Sunni women of Afghanistan or teenagers in Pakistan their rights as human beings. The current phase of condemnation is less about women’s rights and more about achieving the agenda of some Western nations to malign President Karzai’s government. I do not intend to defend President Karzai in any way but at the same time refuse to support this politicization of the Human Rights issue.
This is a feminist economist analysis of female headed households in Sri Lanka’s Eastern Province. The author challenges the dominant discourses that Sri Lankan women have achieved a favorable position in society compared to many women living elsewhere because they have achieved high scores in human development indices and other global indices as well as the fact that Sri Lankan women can own and inherit property through matrilineal and bilateral inheritance patterns.
Critiquing Discriminatory Laws, Regulations and Administrative Practices relating to Land and Property Rights of Women in Sri Lanka, Colombo, Law and Society Trust. This is a review of national and provincial laws, regulations and administrative practices in Sri Lanka relating to women’s land and property ownership. This study attempts to understand practical situations and problems experienced by women. The aim of the review is to formulate amendments to reform gender discriminatory aspects in laws relating to land and property ownership.
This paper describes and analyses the pattern of descent, marriage and household organization shared by Muslims and Tamils in the town of Akkaraipattu in the matrilineal belt of Sri Lanka, the Tamil-speaking, eastern coastal region.
This publication documents the unique customary land holding patterns in the East of Sri Lanka which became invisible from national policy discussions on resettlement following the tsunami disaster of 2004 as well as advocacy efforts by the Women’s Coalition for Disaster Management (WCDM) based in Batticaloa which raised awareness about women’s right to land both at the community and at the policy implementation levels.