Guinea                                      Guinean Civil Code: Advances for women but legalized polygamy

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After months of negotiations, Guinean deputies adopted Saturday, December 29 a new law governing the status or relations of people. The Civil Code has many changes, but the one that has received the most attention is the polygamy article, which is now allowed.

Until now, in Guinea, polygamy was prohibited for civil marriages, although it is widely practiced in religious marriages and polygamous are never sanctioned. For the proponents of the bill, the amendment will not change much, but for the women MPs it is a step backwards.

Nanfadima Magassouba is a member of the majority and, like all women parliamentarians, regardless of their political affiliation, she refused to vote on 29 December.

" Women have their sayshe says. But what we fear here is that the family does not influence. We say that yes, the family can influence. And so, that's why we do not want to go back to those achievements ".

Parental Authority of Women

The MP points out, however, that there has been a lot of progress in this new Civil Code, as has Ibrahima Diallo, president of the NGO Protect Human Rights, which sees many reasons to celebrate.

" Parental authority is recognized by both parents, not to mention the question of the profession, he explains. In this new revised Civil Code, a woman can choose her profession, without, however, upstream, having the authorization of her husband ".

The new Civil Code also includes advances for children's rights, says the human rights defender, including the possibility for children born out of wedlock to collect an inheritance.

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