Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice

Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition

Edited by David Lawson, Adam Dubin, Lea Mwambene


256 pages

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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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

David Lawson is Senior Researcher at The Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Visiting Professor at The University of Helsinki. He has more than 25 years of developing country public policy experience, particularly in relation to policy implementation and research on extreme poverty in SSA. He has published in leading development journals consulted and advised extensively for the DFID, OECD, UNICEF, World Bank.

Adam Dubin is an Assistant Professor of Law in the International Public Law Department of Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, where he also directs a Master's program in International and European Business Law and a clinical program on human rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Politics at New York University’s Madrid Campus, where he teaches Introduction to International Development and Comparative Human Rights Law.

Lea Mwambene is an Associate Professor of Law in the department of Private Law, and currently the Acting Deputy Dean: Teaching and Learning of the Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape, South Africa. Her teaching and research interests are in the general fields of African customary law and human rights.

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Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Economics / General