Sri Lanka War Widows Cultivate Land Rights


Kurukulasuriya, Lasanda. 2002. “Sri Lanka War Widows Cultivate Land Rights.” Herizons 16 (1): 10-11.

Author: Lasanda Kurukulasuriya


Nearly two decades of conflict have left women in rural Sri Lanka impoverished by a deepening crisis in agriculture. Many women widowed in their youth suddenly have sole responsibility for the survival of families as a result of the deaths and 'disappearances' of their spouses and sons. In many cases, these women are pushed off the lands they have lived on all their lives, or left with only life-interest, due to an outdated ordinance that prevents a woman from inheriting state agricultural land unless it has been willed to her. In the rural economy dependent on subsistence agriculture, these women are robbed of their main economic resource at a time when they most need it.

Topics: Agriculture, Armed Conflict, Economies, Gender, Women, Livelihoods, Rights, Land Rights Regions: Asia, South Asia Countries: Sri Lanka

Year: 2002

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