Synopses & Reviews
This ground-breaking collection investigates the relationship between feminist activism and legal reform as a pathway to gender justice and social change.
Since the advent of feminist movements in the Global South and North, legal reform has been a popular and yet contentious vehicle of seeking women's rights and empowerment. Accordingly, law has been an important focus of feminist scholarship. This important book will contribute to such scholarship, with comparative insights drawn from field-based research on the processes, the challenges, and the outcomes of legal reform and feminist activism from a number of countries in different regions of the world.
Feminist Activism, Women's Rights and Legal Reform brings together cases from Middle East, Latin America and Asia of the successes and failures of reform efforts concerning the promulgation and implementation of new family laws and domestic violence codes.
About the Author
Mulki Al Sharmani is Affiliate Researcher at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Legal Reform and Feminist Activism
1 Debating Islamic Family Law in Palestine: Citizenship, Gender, and ‘Islamic Idioms
2 Readjusting Womens Too Many Rights: The State, the Public Voice, and Womens Rights in South Yemen
3 Reforming Egyptian Family Laws: The Debate about a New Substantive Code
4 Men Aboard? Movement for a Uniform Family Code in Bangladesh
5 From Status to Rights: The Shifting Dimensions of Womens Activism in Iranian Family Law Reform
6 Moroccan Divorce Law, Family Court Judges, and Spouses Claims: Who Pays the Cost When a Marriage is Over?
7 Organizing to Monitor Implementation of the Maria da Penha Law in Brazil
Silvia de Aquino
8 Implementing Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana: The Role of Institutions
Takyiwaa Manuh and Angela Dwamena-Aboagye