Does the Marriage Bill Meet the Human Rights Yardstick?

The Marriage Bill sets out to put in place a legal framework to reform and consolidate the law relating to marriage, separation and divorce; to provide for the types of recognized marriages in Uganda, marital rights and duties, grounds for breakdown of marriage, rights of parties on dissolution of marriage and for other connected purposes. Enactment of this piece of legislation recognizes that the family is the basic unit of organization in society and requires legislation cognizant of the human rights of both women and men to provide a legal basis for marriage, separation and divorce. The Bill deals with civil marriages, Christian marriages, customary marriages, Hindu marriages and Bahai marriages; and also deals with widow inheritance and separation.