Access to justice is a fundamental right guaranteed under a wide body of international, regional and domestic laws. In Africa, women make up much of Africa’s poorest and most marginalized population, and as such are often prevented from enforcing rights or seeking other recourse.
This book brings together contributors to explore and analyze 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.
Foreword: Ms Bineta Diop, AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace and Security; Founder and President of Femmes Africa Solidarité (FAS)
Section I: Access to Justice in SSA - Justice Policies on Reaching the Most Vulnerable and Extreme Poor
Chapter 1: The Gender and Empowerment – Linking Gender, Poverty, Empowerment and Access Justice for the Extreme Poor.
Adam Dubin, David Lawson and Lea Mwambene,
Universidad Pontificia Comillas, Madrid; Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala; University of Western Cape, South Africa.
Chapter 2: Access to Justice for Children in Zimbabwe, Julia Sloth-Nielsen, University of Western Cape, South Africa.
Chapter 3; Children, Forced and Early Marriage: Preventing and Responding to Early Marriage in Uganda Yousefnejad Shomali, University of Manchester,
Chapter 4: A Child Belongs to (S)He Who Paid the Bride Price: Customary Law Adoption of Children in Limpopo, South Africa. - Kagiso A. Maphalle, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Section II: Women - Violence and Vulnerability
Chapter 5: Integrating Gender and Access to Justice into Public Policy of the African Union, Dr. Paloma Duran, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Fund, UN, New York
Chapter 6: Access to Justice, Gender and Customary Marriage Laws in Malawi,
Lea Mwambene and Robert Doya Nanima, University of Western Cape, South Africa.
Chapter 7: Justice for Women in Traditional and Customary Courts in Sierra Leone: A Feminist Analysis. Aisha Fofana Ibrahim, University of Sierra Leone
Chapter 8: Engendering Access to Justice in Nigeria: The Role of Public Interest Litigation Basil Ugochukwa, Centre for International Governance, Cape Town
Chapter 9: Without Land, Without Justice: How Women’s Lack of Land Rights Impedes Access to Justice Aparna Polavarapu, University of South Caroline
Section III: Advocacy and Vulnerability for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Poorest
Chapter 10: Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and Access to Justice: The Case of Central African Republic,
Isidore Collins Ngueuleu, Cristina Fernández-Durán
Chapter 11: Domestic Violence against Rural Women in Nigeria: Effective Access to Justice, Dr. Ifeoma Enemo, University of Nigeria
Chapter 12 Justice and Empowerment for Female Refugees in South Africa
Fatima Khan, Director, Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town