Full citation: Daley, E., "Strategies to Get Gender onto the Agenda of the 'Land Grab' Debate," ILC POLICY BRIEF (March 2011).
This Code of Persons and Family was enacted in 2004 and is usually cited as the 2004 Code of Persons and Family. However, there may also be citations to the same law as the 2002 Code of Persons and Family. This is likely because the National Assembly passed the law in 2002, but then the President signed the law in 2004.
While Family law in Benin is governed by the 2004 Code of Persons and Family. In practice, although customary law is no longer recognized by the courts, women continue to be subject to the Coutumier du Dahomey. The Coutumier du Dahomey is a collection of customs and rules codified in 1931 when Benin was a French colony known as French Dahomey.
Full citation: Goldstein, Markus; Houngbedji, Kenneth; Kondylis, Florence; O’Sullivan, Michael; Selod, Harris. 2016. Securing Property Rights for Women and Men in Rural Benin. Gender Innovation Lab Policy Brief; No. 14. World Bank, Washington, DC.
Full citation: Goldstein, Markus; Houngbedji, Kenneth; Kondylis, Florence; O’Sullivan, Michael; Selod, Harris. 2015. Formalizing Rural Land Rights in West Africa : Early Evidence from a Randomized Impact Evaluation in Benin. Policy Research Working Paper;No. 7435. World Bank, Washington, DC.
Full citation: Giovarelli, R., Hannay, L., Scalise, E., Richardson, A., Seitz, V. and Gaynor, R. (2015). “Gender and Land: Good Practices and Lessons Learned from Four Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact Funded Land Projects.” Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. – This paper looks at four MCC projects that involved titling land in Benin, Lesotho, Mali, and Namibia and how they ensured women’s rights to land were recognized. It finds that it is important to consider both formal and customary laws and provides examples of both; that it is important to identify all property rights holders, regardless of the overarching objectives […]