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Married women in Botswana now allowed to own land

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Botswana’s President Mokgweetsi Masisi has said that married women in his country can now own land alongside their husbands.

The country’s land policy did not allow wives to own land if their husbands already had some.

Only unmarried women or the wives of men who did not already own land were eligible.

Because of the policy millions of women could not own lands where they lived and worked.

The land discrimination was criticized by gender activists who called for reforms.

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Botswana’s President Masisi said the country’s land policy “did not give married women equal treatment with men and I am happy to report that this discriminatory subsection has since been repealed.

The Revised Botswana Land Policy of 2019 now gives married women the right to apply for land.”

He wrote on Twitter that “Each Motswana will be eligible for allocation of one residential plot at an area of their choice within the country, on both state land and tribal land.”

Rights groups have welcomed the revised policy which they said was long overdue.


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