Groundbreaking judgement upholds women's rights

The latest decision of the Botswana High Court on inheritance rights is a pivotal step for women in Botswana and Africa as a whole.  A number of African countries still have discriminatory customary law practices that effectively leave women with nothing once the death of a male family member occurs. This happens all in the name of culture. Judge Dingake has risen to the occasion by placing the Constitution of Botswana as the supreme law of the country and authoritatively declaring that the right to equality will not be subsumed by cultural practice. We hope that other African legal systems will follow this example to ensure that women are not forced into inheritance based discrimination that is so entrenched in our societies

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