Burundi - Decree-Law No. 1/024 of 28th April 1993 amending the Code of the Person and the Family
Article 122 of Burundi’s Code of Persons and the Family provides that the husband is head of the family.
- Country: Burundi
- Law status: Discriminatory law in force
- Law Type: Marriage, Divorce, Polygamy & Wife Obedience
Article 122. Spouses owe each other fidelity, help and assistance. The husband is the head of the conjugal community. He performs this function to which the wife contributes morally and materially in the interests of the household and children. A wife undertakes this function when the husband is absent or prohibited from doing so.
Article 13 of the Constitution of Burundi: All Burundians are equal in worth and dignity. All citizens have equal rights and are entitled to an equal protection under the law. No Burundian will be excluded from the social, economic or political life of the nation because of race, language, religion, sex or ethnicity.
Sex discrimination in marital status laws renders women and girls subordinate in many aspects of family relations before, during and after marriage.
Laws which allow the man to be designated as the head of the household allow the husband to unilaterally make decisions that may affect the rest of the family, including for example, where the family lives.
Call on President Pierre Nkurunziza to turn words into deeds.