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Burkina Faso’s National Assembly passes law to repossess land Proposed law in Namibia bans foreigners from owning land Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s president. (Getty Images) Women’s rights activists in Botswana are applauding the government’s decision to allow wives to own land alongside her husband. Women’s groups say the action allows women to be independent in marriages and also have the same rights to land as any other person.Mokgweetsi Masisi, Botswana’s president. (Getty Images)On Thursday, President Mokgweetsi Masisi amended a 2015 Land Policy which stopped wives from owning land if their husbands already owned property.“The Botswana Land Policy 2015 was discriminatory against married women and did not give them equal treatment with men, and I am happy to report that this discriminatory sub-section has since been repealed,” the president said at a virtual briefing.Under the old policy, only unmarried women or the wives of men who did not already own land were eligible for land rights. The discrimination left millions of married women, widows and single mothers without access to the land where they live and work.Women face a host of barriers to owning land – be it through skewed inheritance rights or restricted authority over assets – in 40% of countries, World Bank research shows.Although most African and Asian farmers are women, only about 15% of global farmland is owned by women, according to Landesa, a global land rights organisation, with experts predicting increased inequality due to the coronavirus.Masisi said on Twitter that the new policy would also protect widows and orphans who may be the head of their households. Related SA opposition in court to block land law change
Vera’s Finally captured an emphatic gate-to-pole victory at the Rising Sun Turf Club to repeat as champion of the feature event of the Guyana Cup yesterday, justifying the favourite tag given at the start of the race. On a breezy Sunday afternoon at the overflowing venue, the chestnut filly sent the turfites into a frenzy as she galloped across the finish line ahead of six other race horses in the C and Lower eight furlong event.The victory was worth a hefty and appetizing $2M and the large Banks DIH Limited trophy.
In this Friday, Feb. 10, 2017 photo provided by HBO, guests on a panel, John Waters, from left, filmmaker and author, Karine Jean-Pierre, senior advisor and national spokesman for MoveOn.org, and Piers Morgan, U.S. editor-at-large DailyMail.com, speak with host Bill Maher on the show, ”Real Time with Bill Maher,” in Los Angeles. Morgan and British author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. He called her work “drivel” and she called him “amoral” after Morgan defended the U.S. government’s travel ban during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday. (Janet Van Ham/HBO via AP) FILE – In this Nov. 10, 2016 file photo, J. K. Rowling attends the world premiere of “Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them” in New York. British TV personality Piers Morgan and Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. He called her work “drivel” and she called him “amoral” after Morgan defended the U.S. government’s travel ban during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP, File) LOS ANGELES | British TV personality Piers Morgan and British author J.K. Rowling are in a Twitter war over American politics. He called her work “drivel” and she called him “amoral” after Morgan defended the U.S. government’s travel ban during an appearance on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on Friday.Morgan faced off with Australian comic Jim Jefferies on the episode during a discussion of the executive order. Morgan said it was “not a Muslim ban,” and Jefferies directed an expletive at him. Rowling tweeted that it was “satisfying” to hear Jefferies say that.A flurry of tweets between Rowling and Morgan followed.