Access to justice is a fundamental right guaranteed under a wide body of international, regional and domestic law. It is also an essential component of development policies which seek to adequately respond to the multidimensional deprivations faced by the poor in order to improve socio-economic well-being and advance the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals. Women and children make up most of Africa’s poorest and most marginalized population, and as such are often prevented from enforcing rights or seeking other recourse.
This book explores and analyzes the issue of gendered access to justice, poverty and disempowerment across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and provides policy discussions on the integration of gender in justice programming. Through individual country case studies, the book focuses on the challenges, obstacles and successes of developing and implementing gender focused access to justice policies and programming in the region.
This multidisciplinary volume will be of interest to policy makers as well as scholars and researchers focusing on poverty and gender policy across law, economics and global development in Sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, the volume provides policy discussion applicable in other geographical areas where access to justice is elusive for the poor and marginalized.
List of illustrations. List of contributors. Foreword. Preface. Acknowledgments.
Part I. Access to justice in Sub-Saharan Africa: justice policies on reaching the most vulnerable and extreme poor 1 Engendering access to justice for the poorest and most vulnerable in Sub-Saharan Africa. David Lawson, Adam Dubin, Lea Mwambene and Bisrat Woldemichael 2 Access to justice for children in Zimbabwe. Julia Sloth-Nielsen and Blessing Mushohwe 3 Children, forced and early marriage: preventing and responding to early marriage in Uganda. Asieh Yousefnajad Shomali and David Lawson 4 A child belongs to (s)he who has paid the bride price: customary law adoption of children in Limpopo, South Africa. Kagiso A. Maphalle
Part II. Women – violence and vulnerability
5 Integrating gender and access to justice into the public policy of the African Union. Paloma Duran 6 Access to justice, gender and customary marriage laws in Malawi. Lea Mwambene and Robert Doya Nanima 7 Justice for women in traditional and customary courts in Sierra Leone: a feminist analysis. Aisha Fofana Ibrahim 8 Engendering access to justice in Nigeria: the role of public interest litigation. Basil Ugochukwu 9 Without land, without justice: how women’s lack of land rights impedes access to justice. Aparna Polavarapu
Part III. Advocacy and vulnerability for Sub-Saharan Africa’s poorest
10 Conflict-related sexual violence and access to justice: the case of the Central African Republic. Isidore Collins Ngueuleu and Cristina Fernández-Durán Gortázar 11 Domestic violence against rural women in Nigeria: effective access to justice? Ifeoma Pamela Enemo 12 Strengthening access to justice for women refugees and asylum seekers in South Africa. Fatima Khan and Ncumisa Willie 13 Conclusion: gendered Justice Policies on Reaching the most Vulnerable and Extreme Poor in SSA. Lea Mwambene, Adam Dubin and David Lawson Index.