Rwanda continues to face a legacy of cultural tradition that subordinates women. Males remain in firm control of the household and its money. Before the 1994 genocide, women could not own land and were legally classified as minors. While female property ownership has significantly increased in cities, women in rural areas continue to face problems owning land. Unbalanced share of property, resistance to gender equality, and non-recognition of the inheritances of female heirs all play a significant gender component to the allocation of land rights.
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