Summary: Ownership and administration of property in Sierra Leone

Submitted by gOwino on Wed, 2014-02-05 22:35
Revised by gOwino on Wed, 2014-02-05 22:35

Sierra Leone has a pluralistic legal system that consists of General Law, customary law and Islamic law.  Each system provides a varying degree of protection with respect to a woman’s ability to own and administer property. While the General Law does provide a certain degree of protection for women’s property rights, this protection is limited by the restrictions present in customary law and to an extent, Islamic law. As such, taken together, Sierra Leone’s laws fail to fully meet the standards set in Article 15 para. 2 of CEDAW in which the country has committed to giving women equal rights to administer property, and under Article 16, para 1(h) which guarantees women the same rights as their spouses regarding the ownership, acquisition, management, administration, enjoyment and disposition of property.