Reclaiming Our Lives: HIV and AIDS, Women's Land and Property Rights, and Livelihoods in Southern and East Africa : Narratives and Responses

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Kaori Izumi
HSRC Press, 2006 - Social Science - 117 pages
The heavy impact of HIV and AIDS in South and East Africa is examined in this collection of narratives from the region which aim to raise awareness not only about the vulnerability of widows and orphans, but also about the active steps being taken by many grassroots organizations to respond to the crisis. While the pandemic is biting deeply into the social fabric of communities, it is also galvanizing ordinary women and men to respond with compassion and conviction and to find innovative ways of defending and promoting the rights of HIV-affected women and children. These stories expose the immense human cost of discriminatory laws and practices and point to the social, policy, and legislative changes that are necessary to combat the pandemic effectively.


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Page 113 - Achieving the internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the Millennium Declaration, demands a new partnership between developed and developing countries.
Page 62 - Niger is one of the poorest countries in the World with a GDP per...
Page 17 - No spouse may be deprived of a reasonable provision out of the estate of a spouse whether the estate be testate or intestate.
Page 2 - AIDS and women's property rights in 2003, the United Nations adopted two important resolutions on women's property rights. One was the UNHABITAT resolution on 'Women's role and rights in human settlements development and slum upgrading', and the other was the Commission on Human Rights resolution on 'Women's equal ownership, access to, and control over land and equal rights to own property and to adequate housing'.
Page 114 - Institute in 1950 with financial assistance from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR).
Page 91 - The law is weakened first and foremost by the lack of conviction among women themselves that they have a legal right to their deceased husband's property, and secondly, by their fear of reprisals should they invoke the law.
Page 91 - In practice, though, the five years since the enactment of the Act have witnessed a very different picture. The earlier resentment at the passing of a law which usurps customary rights has blossomed into a blatant disregard of statutory law and a perpetuation of the distorted and evil practice of "property grabbing.".
Page 69 - ... women's equal rights to purchase, lease or rent land and housing in Uganda are implicitly recognised and, in addition, customary laws and traditions discriminating against women may no longer be applied.

About the author (2006)

Kaori Izumi is a land-tenure and rural-institutions officer and is a co-founder of Women Land Link Africa. She has worked extensively on the issue of property grabbing from AIDS widows and orphans in Africa.

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