How traditional leaders undermine women’s land rights

January 2020
Land Portal (Lloyd Phillps)

Covers laws that devalue women, how the state is failing Zulu widows, and equal roles in drafting policies. In many rural areas local customary laws take precedence over the Constitution. In Kwa-Zulu-Natal’s rural areas women are often significantly devalued. Most traditional leaders have normalised discrimination against widowed women in terms of land and other property inheritance and ownership. The women affected are not allowed to report this dispossession of property. Government departments operate in silos.