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Marital Violence, Human development and Women’s Property Status in India

Summary: If development means the expansion of human capabilities, then freedom from domestic violence should be an integral part of any exercise for evaluating developmental progress. This paper focuses on a hitherto unexplored factor underlying women’s risk of marital violence, namely, women’s property status. Many studies have examined the scale and correlates of marital violence, […]

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No Change for Thirty Years: The Renewed Question of Women’s Land Rights in Rural China

Since the mid-1990s, a new land-use rights regime has gradually come into effect in China. It follows upon a series of earlier changes — land reform, collectivization and the first wave of contracting land to households — that paid attention to women’s role in publicly recognized work and provided access to land. The new regime, […]

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Personal Reflections on Drafting Laws to Improve Women’s access to Land: Is there a magic wand?

Abstract: This article presents the author’s personal reflections on his extensive experience of drafting land laws in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda over the past 14 years. It highlights key legal issues in efforts to improve women’s access to land through the law, and provides a frank discussion of the author’s involvement in translating constitutional, policy […]

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