According to the World Bank, 40% of world economies deny property rights to their women. In many countries, the legislations do not allow them any rights, while in others they have rights on paper but are never given their due during their lives.
Ownership of land and property empowers individuals. The UN SDGs’ target is to provide equal ownership rights to both men and women. 37 out of 161 countries have definite laws granting equal rights to both genders but poor access to legal services and a lack of understanding of laws by women further handicaps them.
The Constitution of Pakistan in Article 23 states that “every citizen shall have the right to acquire, hold, and dispose of the property in any part of Pakistan.” Many women in Pakistan are denied their property and there is still a long way for the country to consolidate the laws and practices regarding the protection of women’s land.