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Defenders of Sati

new family code introduced in July 1987 was a definite advance over the older, conservative civil code and gave women several legal rights, e g, "a wife may now engage in a profession even without hei husband's permission" and "that her husband is no longer the sole administrator of the couple's property". There are more grounds for annullment of marriage and divorce, and common law wives are given rights to conjugal property On the other side of the political fence, Gabriela pointed out that liberal as the code seemed, its underlying motivations were the strengthening of the institutions of marriage and the family in which Filipino women are oppressed. Neither does it take into account of the conditions of the majority of poor, toiling, propertyless women and those engaged in sex tourism.

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