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Published Date: Apr 1, 2010
Land Rights for Pakistani (Muslim) Women: Law and Policy (PB-23)
Women’s land ownership and
control have important connections with their empowerment in Pakistan’s
agricultural context. However, the link between these has largely remained
unexplored; and there has been negligible research to determine how many women
own or control land in Pakistan. The Sustainable Development Policy Institute
(SDPI) carried out a multiple pronged national study in 2007-09 to fill this
knowledge gap and to examine the causality behind women’s land ownership and
empowerment. The research focused on women’s rights vis-à-vis the inheritance
framework of private agrarian land.
This Policy Brief discusses and
analyzes the laws applicable to property rights (of women) in Pakistan and
reviews Government policy and international conventions in this area in order
to examine the Government’s approach towards the issue of women’s land rights.
The Brief concludes by giving specific recommendations on the subject.