This Policy Note addresses how Rwandan law currently affects property inheritance, the challenges and opportunities in existing law reform, and the issues surrounding how inheritance is governed and practiced in people’s lives in Rwanda. Rwanda’s laws provide opportunities for gender equity by granting equal inheritance rights to sons and daughters and protection of a surviving spouse’s and children’s rights to property. However, customary systems continue to govern over family and land matters and often discriminate against women’s direct rights to property and inheritance.
Chronic Poverty Research Centre, London, UK, 8 pp.
Challenges and opportunities in inheritance rights in Rwanda. CPRC Policy Note.