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  • Framing the Debate: Islamic Inheritance Laws and Their Impact on Rural Women

    ILC Pub A synthesis of studies from Asia and West Africa and emerging recommendations 

    The International Land Coalition (ILC) commissioned a series of studies to improve understanding of the barriers that prevent women from achieving tenure security, with a particular focus on inheritance laws in Muslim societies and the practices that influence women’s land rights. The studies analysed inheritance laws and their impacts on rural women in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Senegal, Togo, and Mali. The studies focused on Muslim societies, but also looked at how these differed from, mirrored, or influenced the inheritance practices of non-Muslim groups in the same countries. The studies showed that women continue to be systematically denied their rights to inheritance, especially in rural areas. Inheritance practices are deeply embedded in local culture and tradition and, even though civil and religious laws exist that protect women’s inheritance, customary laws are found to prevail, which largely exclude women from property ownership and inheritance. Disinheritance undermines women’s economic security and independence and reinforces gender inequality.

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  • ILC Vacancy : Senior Thematic Specialist

    Deadline for applications: 30/05/2016

    Country:Rome, Italy

    The ILC Secretariat is no ordinary work environment. Based within a UN Agency, you will work with multilateral organizations and governments, but also with NGOs, research centers and social movements across the world. Guided by new Strategy 2016-21, you will be responsible to manage a vibrant team in the global secretariat, linked to regional teams in Africa, Asia and Latin America, to support innovative collaboration in ten key areas of land governance that ILC members consider transformational.

    You will draw on a varied professional experience that spans the diversity represented in the ILC membership, an understanding of the strengths of a network, a deep knowledge of land and natural resource issues, and a keen sense of the possibilities that exist to bring about lasting change at local, national, regional and global levels. You will be a good team-worker and manager, a strong and persuasive communicator, and a creative strategist and problem-solver. Your perspectives will be shaped by your background in the Global South.

    More about this opportunity and how to apply is available at this link


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