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Women of Kenya Denied Law’s Land Entitlement by Husbands

For Mary Sadera, a farmer in Kenya’s Rift Valley, none of the sweeping rights women won two years ago matter if she doesn’t own the land she tills.

A rail-thin mother of 11, she’s entitled to it under the new constitution adopted in 2010. That’s on paper. In reality, her husband, John, who no longer beats her and is letting her manage three acres of the family farm by herself, can’t imagine actually putting any of it in her name.