For a very long time, the ‘right-thinking people' have been trying to fight the battle for equality of women mostly with the help of law. They seem to have forgotten that in India, with respect to gender discourse, societal validation still has more authority than legal validation. The Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005, made daughters co-partners in their parental ancestral property but the harsh reality is that any daughter who demands her share is looked down upon as greedy and selfish. So the sons, even after years of the passing of this Act, continue to have unhindered enjoyment of property rights.
Examining women’s property rights in 41 Muslim-majority countries, this resource found that women are likely to enjoy more secure property rights in countries where, first, women have greater access to education and second, where there are dense networks of women’s-rights activists. Where women are more aware of their rights, better positioned to challenge male kin, and have the socioeconomic power to hold politicians accountable, their property rights are stronger.
In June, Burundi joined a small group of African countries that ban pregnant girls from continuing with formal education in government schools. Human Rights Watch recently reported that thousands of pregnant girls and teenage mothers across Africa are excluded from school. Burundi was then still among 26 African countries with supportive laws or policies protecting girls’ right to education regardless of pregnancy, or their marital status or motherhood.
Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. This resource gives information about what the Human Rights Watch is doing over the globe. 51% of identified victims of human trafficking in the US are women. 72% people exploited in the sex industry are women.
FIDH is an international NGO federating 178 human rights organisations in more than 100 countries. FIDH defends all civil, political, economic, social and cu...