Sunday, February 2, 2020

Elderly Black Women in S. Africa Win Property Rights in Landmark Ruling

For black women married before 1988, the husband owned all matrimonial assets and could sell them without consulting his wife - until a landmark win this month overturned the law.

Facing destitution when her marriage broke down, 72-year-old Agnes Sithole went to court to challenge a sexist law - and won not only a share of her husband's property but a legal victory that will protect some 400,000 other black South African women. Despite the legal victory, women's rights experts were wary of celebrating too soon.

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