Policy Brief: Women's gains from the implementation of succession law in Uganda

Root causes of problems in implementation of rights for women

The 1972 Succession Act identifies the persons eligible for inheritance and their respective share entitlements in Uganda. The Administrator General's Office (AGO) is responsible for implementing the Sucession Act and is mandated to manage and distribute properties of the deceased. However, the majority of women in rural communities are not aware of this office and its function, nor do understand Uganda's legal provisions for inheritance.

Current policy on the implementation of women's legal rights must be revised to address this problem. Action needs to be taken to educate and sensitize the community as well as women their legal entitlement to land inheritance of property. Accessibility of the AGO needs to be augmented, not only through improved communication and feedback mechanisms between it and local governance, but through the establishment of offices at the district level.