Women and their right to property: analysing the law and policy in Uganda

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Kampala International University; School of Law
The research was focused on women and their right to property: an examination of the lm\• and policy in Uganda. The study was be carried out with the hope that it enlightens and advance the understanding of women's property rights in Uganda as provided for in the laws. The study is as a result of observation of the apparent injustice against women in particular the denial of women to own property emerging as a result of exploitation of the loopholes in the statutory laws in place that provide for the rights of ownership of property by women in Uganda as well as customary law that is so prevalent among Ugandans today. This research examined the effectiveness of the Laws providing for property rights in Uganda through looking at how these laws have been applied in matters concerning land. Succession or inheritance and divorce. Further the chapters addressed the effect of customary practices on the ability of women to own prope1ty and whether such practices posses the status of the law. In conclusion of the chapter, the issue of whether the current provisions of the law deny women ownership rights will be resolved. There were recommendations and conclusions. This will be based on the findings that shall have been reflected in the rest of the paper. Although the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and other international Conventions to which Uganda ratified give protection to women among other persons against abuse of their rights enforcement of those statutory provisions is difficult as they conflict on specific provisions towards women. Therefore women should be sensitized about their legal rights and obligations to enable them see legal redress where they have been denied their rights to own property. All the same because of this illiteracy, they are not aware of the provisions the law providing for their rights to property. On the other hand, discrimination against women has its mots in culture and tradition. Therefore unless there is change in the a11itudes of men and women with regard to each other• s rights, there is no legislation that can achieve genuine gender equality. [(should be noted that changing beliefs in stereotyped roles women and women in thus a precondition for ensuring equal opportunities for education between boys and girls in the absence of free education.
A dissertation submitted to the Faculty of Law in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Award of Bachelor’s Degree in Law Kampala International University
Women and their right to property, Law and policy, Uganda