Property Rights in Kenya

All the information you need to know about Property Rights and the law and employment in Kenya including property rights laws, protection of property etc.

What does the law say in relation to property ownership regarding gender?

The law states clearly that both men women have equal rights to own property in Kenya as enshrined in the constitution. Article 60 (f) states that “Land in Kenya shall be held, used and managed in a manner that is equitable, efficient, productive and sustainable and in accordance with the principle that eliminates gender discrimination in law, customs and practices related to land and property in land”.This is in addition to Article 27 in which women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in economic (as well as political, cultural and social) spheres.

What is the situation in Kenya?

Though the constitution eliminates gender discrimination in relation to land and property and gives everyone including women the right to inheritance and unbiased access to land, still women have a long way to go in terms of land ownership. The fact that most women in Kenya are still not aware that there are laws that protect their right to property ownership, encourages customary practices that deny women their entitlement to own, inherit and dispose of property.

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The law states clearly that both men women have equal rights to own property in Kenya as enshrined in the constitution. Article 60 (f) states that “Land in Kenya shall be held, used and managed in a manner that is equitable, efficient, productive and sustainable and in accordance with the principle that eliminates gender discrimination in law, customs and practices related to land and property in land”.This is in addition to Article 27 in which women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in economic (as well as political, cultural and social) spheres.

Though the constitution eliminates gender discrimination in relation to land and property and gives everyone including women the right to inheritance and unbiased access to land, still women have a long way to go in terms of land ownership. The fact that most women in Kenya are still not aware that there are laws that protect their right to property ownership, encourages customary practices that deny women their entitlement to own, inherit and dispose of property.

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