Women To Fight Bad Inheritance Customs

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The condemnation came during the conclusion of three-day Wau Diocese Justice and Peace Commission training targeting women rights in the country.

During the workshop, the floor was opened to the participants to debate on the right of women particularly after the death of her husband.

The debate took minutes as many argued on the right of a woman to decide within the late’s family to inherit her in case of death of the husband.

In South Sudan, many believe if the husband is dead, the wife does not have any right on her status; it’s the family of the late husband to nominate a man to take responsibility of a woman as to continue in a footstep of the late.

In many communities in South Sudan, the bride price was paid at the wife and therefore she does not have rights.

In many cultures, it is the brother of late to take responsibility of his brother’s wife or also an elder son to act if his father dies to take responsibility on rest of his father wives.

One of the participants Anthonetha Ajok said that the problems affecting women are not inheritance only but taking care of the orphans.

Ajok attributed that women suffered more locally at hands of men because men who inherit them later on fail in handling family responsibilities.

“They later care of a woman but they don’t care of children whom belong to the late husband,” she said adding that “we need women in South Sudan to enjoy their freedom like the rest of women in the world, we need to move beyond doing home affairs.”

 Read more here on the 2004 Study of Customary Law in Contemporary Southern Sudan

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