The Biblical Daughters of Tselophehad and the Modern Daughters of Botswana

By |July 10th, 2015|land titles|

While most of us take women’s inheritance rights for granted, women in many countries in our contemporary world are still caught in a thicket of competing national, regional, local, ethnic, tribal, and religious systems. Land titles and inheritance rights are vital in helping them achieve economic security. Even when secular laws grant them equality, social pressures often block them from accessing what is rightfully theirs. Bold, determined women are challenging these discriminatory norms. While researching my new book , I was astonished to encounter a 2013 High Court ruling in Botswana, the culmination of a five year legal battle waged by four elderly sisters, Edith Mmusi (then 80), Bakhani Moima (83), Jane Lekoko (77), and Mercy Ntsehkisang (68). These gutsy women petitioned, appealed, and ultimately triumphed in their quest to inherit their father’s property. Sound familiar? […]

Featured on Book Q&As With Deborah Kalb

By |April 10th, 2015|#mywritingprocess, Dining For Women, human rights, India, land titles, low tech/high impact, photography, violence against women|

Laskhmi Venkata, a widow who has inherited her husband's property, can now support her sons. Photo: Deborah Esposito [...]

Congratulations to Photographer Deborah Espinosa – Also Featured in 100 Under $100

By |April 1st, 2015|India, land titles, photography, US-AID|

Debbie Espinosa's USAID winning photo. One of my favorite tasks in researching 100 Under $100 was the photo [...]

Land Titles: Prosperity Boosters

By |March 4th, 2015|female farmers, food security, India, land titles|

Champa Sabar, a farmer in Odisha, India, shows her new land title, which is in the joint name of [...]

Great Infographic from Landesa: Women and their families benefit from gaining title to land

By |October 27th, 2013|human rights, land titles|