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Volume 407: debated on Monday 23 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if he will make a statement on women's property rights in Kenya. [119988]

Women in Kenya are at present seriously disadvantaged in terms of inheritance and property rights. President Kibaki's new Government is committed to taking a sympathetic approach to gender rights. We will include this as part of our dialogue with the Kenyan Government on human rights issues. We are also, through our High Commission in Nairobi, supporting Kenyan civil society organisations, such as the Kenya Land Alliance, which seek to address the problem of women's property rights and advocate a fairer and more transparent land policy.