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Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice

Policy Implementation in Sub-Saharan Africa, 1st Edition

Edited by David Lawson, Adam Dubin


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


Section I: Gender, Access to Justice and Poverty Reduction Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 1; The Gender and Empowerment – Linking Gender, Poverty, Empowerment and Access Justice for the Extreme Poor.

Dr David Lawson and Dr Adam Dubin

Chapter 2: Who Are Africa’s Poorest and Disempowered and The Important of Access to Justice Access to Justice: The Sub Saharan African Context

Dr Lawrence Ado-Kofie, Research Fellow, University of Manchester

Section II: Empowerment, Access to Justice and Gender in Sub-Saharan Africa

Chapter 3 The Role of Empowerment and the Extreme Poor in SSA – A Focus on Ghana

Dr Gordon Ado-Kofie, Associate Professor, University of Ghana

Chapter 4 The Role of NGO’s in Achieving Access to Justice for Women in Ghana

Dr. Rose Menhah, Kutin, Director, Abantu for Development, Ghana

Chapter 5 Economic Empowerment, Violence and Ugandan Women

Dr Ibrahim Kasirye, Principal Research Fellow, Makerere University

Chapter 6 Domestic Violence Against Rural Women in Nigeria: Effective Access to Justice

Dr. Ifeoma Enemo, Professor, University of Nigeria

Chapter 7 Access to Justice for Sexual Violence Victims in Post-Genocide Rwanda: The One Stop Shop and Development of Gender Protocol for Rwanda’s Judiciary

Elizabeth Barad, Chairwoman, New York City Bar African Affairs Committee

Section III: Advocacy and Vulnerability for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Poorest

Chapter 8 Legal Aid for Slum Women through University Legal Clinics for Uganda’s Poorest: Makerere’s Public Interest Law Clinic

Dr. Chriz Mbizira, Professor, Makerere University, Uganda

Chapter 9 Access to Justice for Sex Workers in Sub Saharan Africa

Dr. Adam Dubin and Dr David Lawson

Chapter 10 The Impact of Litigation Pursued by Social Justice Groups Representing Females in Nigeria

Dr. Bail Ugochukwa, Post Doctoral Fellow, Centre for International Governance Innovation

Chapter 11 Justice for the Vulnerable (Minors): A Study of the Situation in Ghana

Dr . Kofi Quashigah, Professor of Law and Former Dean, University of Ghana School of Law

Chapter 12 Justice and Empowerment for Female Refugees in South Africa

Fatima Khan, Director, Refugee Rights Unit, University of Cape Town

Chapter 13 Local Courts and Informal Justice in Sierra Leone: Gender Challenges for Achieving Redress

Dr. Aisha Ibrahim, Lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone

Section IV: Policies for Sub-Saharan Africa’s Poorest

Chapter 14, An Empirical Analysis of Gendered Access to Justice in Rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

Dr. Dee Smythe and Dr. Diane Jefthas, Professors of Law, University of Cape Town

Chapter 15 Integrating Gender and Access to Justice into the Public Policy of the African Union

Dr. Paloma Duran, Director, Sustainable Development Goals Fund, UN, New York

Chapter 16 Gendered Justice Policies on Reaching the Most Vulnerable and Extreme Poor in SSA

Dr Adam Dubin and Dr David Lawson

About the Editors

David Lawson is Associate Professor in Development Economics and Public Policy at The University of Manchester, and Adjunct Professor in Development Studies at The University of Helsinki.

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.

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Routledge Studies in Development Economics

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BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development