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Women's ESC Rights

On Swaziland, after presenting a parallel report to the CEDAW Committee on women’s land and property rights, the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations highlighted women’s land rights in ways consistent with parallel reporting to the Committee. Here, the Committee asked the State party to “Eliminate all cultural barriers which restrict women’s access to land, particularly in rural areas,” and to “repeal the doctrine of marital power in order to ensure full compliance with Article 15 of the Convention so that women have identical legal capacity to that of men to be able to conclude contracts and to administer property as well as to sue or to be sued in their own right.” Upon learning of these and other relevant Concluding Observations, our partners said to us that they were “over the moon!”