• Helena Alviar
Part of the Ius Gentium: Comparative Perspectives on Law and Justice book series (IUSGENT, volume 24)


This chapter deals with a right that, in spite of being considered fundamental and of being guaranteed in all legal systems, is enjoyed by a very small number of women in the world. The cases analyzed in the book cover three thematic axes: the consequences of linking the female identity to maternity and access to property; the configuration of privileged access to property; and the tensions among marginalized groups. The Chapter analyzes how most legal systems in the region have repealed legal provisions that banned women from administering and owning property or businesses. It presents the case of special treatment for reasons of population displacement derived from the Colombian armed conflict. It discusses, from the perspective of access to property and allocation of housing and points out the difficulties faced by case law in establishing hierarchies among disadvantaged groups in matters such as the agrarian reform.


Gender Equality Social Function Armed Conflict Female Genital Mutilation Feminist Theory 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Facultad de derechoUniversity of Los Andes Law SchoolBogotaColombia

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