Gendered Dimensions of Marriage and Divorce Registration Laws in Africa

Topic: Civil Registration & Vital Statistics
Type: Report
Author: data, Aparna Polavarapu Date: July 2016

Marriage and divorce registration law determines which marriages and divorces are legally recognized, which has tremendous impacts on the rights of women and children.

Legal recognition of marriages and divorces is the key to:

  • Obtaining rights to property and maintenance during and after marriage.
  • Ensuring marriages are entered into with free and full consent
  • Ensuring that the minimum age of marriage is being upheld. 

This report analyzes the gendered impacts of inadequacies in marriage and divorce registration in six African countries: Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Rwanda, Burkina Faso, and Morocco. 

Read the report here.

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