Discrimination of Female Property Rights in Cameroon

Akuo Langha & Catherine Bote Mugwoah

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This project is based on gender discrimination as a whole and more specifically female discrimination against property rights and inheritance in Cameroon. Cameroon being a state of laws, has laid down rules and regulations governing and protecting women against the violation of rights to own and control property. This is seen in article 1(2) of the constitution which avers that all citizens shall be treated equally before law. Furthermore, section 27 (1) of the SCHCL, holds that the courts of Cameroon will uphold the native laws and custom which are not detrimental to natural justice and equity. All these steps have been taken by the legal system of Cameroon to reduce and combat the rate of female discrimination as per property rights. Notwithstanding, there has still been the violation of these rights due to the conflicting nature of some of these laws and customary law. According to article 1421 and 1428 of the Cameroonian civil law, women have no rights to possess and control family property and as opposed to men who have the right to control family property without the consent of the wives. This discriminating situation is caused by the conflicting natures of the laws in Cameroon. In order for this problem to be tackled, the objective of the project was to look into the main policies and activities played by the government and NGOs to fight female discrimination against property rights. In so doing, governmental laws and policies instituted by the Ministry of Women’s affairs and NGO activities instituted by GeED where used.

UddannelserKultur- og Sprogmødestudier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato10 jan. 2012
VejledereLene Bull Christiansen


  • Discrimination
  • Gender