Botswana changes law and allows married women to own land
Botswana will allow married women to acquire land together with their husbands for the first time, something that has hitherto been forbidden to them, announced the President of this African country, Mokgweetsi Masisi.
The 2015 law still in effect prevents married women from owning or co-owning land if their husbands already have land in their name, which in practice prevented them from owning the land where they worked and lived, according to the Spanish news agency, Efe.
The law “did not give married women the same treatment as men, and I wanted to report that this discriminatory treatment has been revoked,” wrote the President on his Twitter account.
The new law is a great triumph for women’s rights groups that had demanded this legislative change, something the President had promised during the election campaign.
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