As regards secure access to land, in 2004, the government reported that Jamaican women have the same legal rights as men to hold title deeds. Women’s title to land is not derived from their husbands or fathers or any other male relative.
Women’s access to public space is limited in a number of ways in Jamaica. Firstly, the law provides that married women are obliged to adopt their husband’s place of residence. However, there is a contradiction in the law where under Section 34 of the Matrimonial Causes Act, the domicile of a married woman is treated as though she was never married. Second, as mentioned in the Physical Integrity section, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women do not receive protection under the law from violence due to sexuality or gender identity and in fact are discriminated against within the criminal justice system.
Amnesty International (2010) Jamaica: Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review. Ninth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council.