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Freedom House applauds the recent decision by the Botswana Courts to protect the right of women to inherit property. This decision is a victory for human rights and women’s rights advocates and sets an important legal precedent for the advancement of women’s eqaulity throughout the region.

Freedom House applauds the recent decision by a Botswana High Court invalidating a customary law which prevents women from inheriting property. This seminal judgment signifies an important step forward in the further development of Botswana’s democracy and is a powerful precedent for the advancement of women’s rights in Southern Africa.

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Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa 2007

Freedom House released an analysis of democracy in sub-Saharan Africa showing that the region has experienced notable increases in freedom over the past generation, although more setbacks than gains were seen in 2006.

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