Association of Women Lawyers of Burundi - AFJB - Burundi
- In Burundi, there is currently no law governing succession to land. Customary law and case law prevail.
- Obstacles of a cultural, economic and social nature are not always favorable to the development of women.
- However, international laws to which Burundi is a signatory recognize the equal rights and dignity of all human beings.
International reference frameworks and instruments
- The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of 12/12/1966 and ratified by Burundi by Decree-Law No. 11/008 of March 14, 1990.
- The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) entered into force on September 3, 1981, ratified on January 8, 1992,
- The additional protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights relating to the rights of women in Africa signed on November 13, 2001.
- The African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights of 1981, ratified on July 28, 1987.
Access to land in Burundi
These associations often intervene by providing various services such as access to counsel agents to help aggrieved women gain access to land.
There are several cases of jurisprudence in favor of women which serve as a reference in the pleadings and in the judgments in this matter currently in Burundi. Nevertheless, the acquisition and possession of land through purchase is recognized and land is accessible to any woman who has the capacity and the means.
Land access opportunities
In Burundi, in addition to the possibility of buying to access one's own land, there are opportunities for women to be able to ask the State for large-scale farms in emphyteusis or other forms like all the others. citizens. There is therefore no distinction between men and women in this area.
Association of Women Lawyers of Burundi - AFJB
About the organization
The AFJ is an ASBL which often intervenes by providing counsel agents to help injured women in access to land and in other areas. The intervention of the latter is observed everywhere in the country but the problem remains acute inside the country than in Bujumbura. Indeed, in Bujumbura the courts do not distinguish between gender in terms of access to land. There are several cases of jurisprudence in favor of women which serve as a reference in the pleadings and in the judgments in this matter currently in Burundi.
Type of services
1. Legal assistance or legal clinics by defending cases by making lawyers available to 'patients'
3. Counseling and Direct Assistance to Victims
4. Consolidation of peace in Burundi
Conditions for benefiting from these services
The assistance services provided by legal counsel are not paid because they are often financed by donors or provided on a voluntary basis . The interventions of the lawyers are financed among others (if not by volunteering) by the Red Cross, KIOS and until very recently by Avocat Sans Frontières. nbsp
Activities/events organized by the Organization
Association of Women Lawyers of Burundi Organizes from time to time training events and
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