The tabled common law union bill will empower women since they would be given rights to inheritance
Director of Red Thread, Karen De Souza believes with the tabled common law union bill women living in a common law relationship for a number of years can now be empowered since they would be given rights to inheritance.
But the Director believes even if a woman is legally married is it not a guarantee that she would not be taken advantage of or even thrown out of her home.
Just two weeks ago the Civil Law, Rights of Persons in Common Law Union amendment bill was presented to the National Assembly by the Attorney General. The bill will also see several other pieces of legislations being amended in order to facilitate the amendment once passed.
Persons in Common Law Unions of five years will be given the same privileges as a legally married couple in case of a partner dying and not leaving a will behind.