Gender and Law

The starting point for legal feminist documentation is women’s lived experiences with the law. How do women engage with justice/law? What legal discourse have they constructed for themselves while engaging with the various justice systems? What language should be used and what etiquette followed when writing about sexuality? Whose story gets documented and whose is left out? Is the lawyer’s narrative similar to that of the litigant?

Teaching Material on Gender and the Law.
The imprints of women and gender studies are beginning to place their markings on the conceptual and empirical landscape of the social sciences in Africa.  However, feminist legal studies, is yet to dent the rigid, traditional ways of teaching law on the continent. This is partly on account of the relatively fewer numbers of female faculty members found in African law schools, but it also has a lot to do with the orthodox wrapping of legal concepts and norms in allegedly “objective,” “gender neutral” and “universalist” trappings.

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Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives examines the relationship between legal pluralities and the prospects for greater gender justice in developing countries. Rather than asking whether legal pluralities are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for women, the starting point of this volume is that legal pluralities are a social fact. Adopting a more anthropological approach to the issues of gender justice and women’s rights, it analyzes how gendered rights claims are made and responded to within a range of different cultural, social, economic and political contexts. Click here


The Law, Race & Gender Research Unit was established in 1993 to provide training and support to judicial officers as courts faced the challenge of transforming their structures and jurisprudence in line with constitutional and democratic values

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