Routledge studies in development and society.
Around the world, discriminatory legislation prevents women from accessing their human rights. It can affect almost every aspect of a woman's life, including the right to choose a partner, inherit property, hold a job, and obtain child custody. Often referred to as family law, these laws have contributed to discrimination and to the justification of gender-based violence globally. This book demonstrates how women across the world are contributing to legal reform, helping to shape non-discriminatory policies and to counter current legal and social justifications for gender-based violence. The book takes case studies from Brazil, India, Iran, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, and Turkey, using them to demosntrate in each case the varied history of family law and the wide variety of issues impacting women's equality in legislation. Interviews with prominent women's rights activists in three additional countries are also included, giving personal accounts of the successes and failures of past reform efforts. Overall, the book provides a complex global picture of current trends and strategies in the fight for a more egalitarian society.These findings come at a critical moment for change. Across the globe, family law issues are contentious. We are simultaneously witnessing an increased demand for women's equality and the resurgence of fundamentalist forces that impede reform,invoking rules rooted in tradition, culture, and interpretations of religious texts. The outcome of these disputes has enormousramifications for women's roles in the family and society. This book tackles these complexities head on, and will interest activists, practitioners, students, and scholars working on women's rights and gender-based violence.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
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1. Introduction Mahnaz Afkhami PART I Country Case Studies 2. Feminist Advocacy for Family Law Reform: Cross-country overview Yakn Ertrk 3. Brazil Maria Barsted, Leila Linhares, and Jacqueline Pitanguy 4. India Kalpana Kannabiran 5. Iran Mehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand 6. Lebanon Ziyad Baroud and Ghadir El-Alayli 7. Nigeria Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri 8. Palestine Luna Saadeh, Fidaa Barghouthi, and Fatmeh Muaqqet 9. Senegal Alpha Ba and Aminata Bousso Ly 10. Turkey Gkeiek Ayata and Ayen Canda PART II Interviews Introduction to the interviews with Leaders in the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Moroccan Campaigns to Reform Family Laws and Eliminate Gender-based Violence Haleh Vaziri 11. Interview with Hoda Elsadda 12. Interview with Asma Khader 13. Interview with Raba Naciri 14. Conclusion: Reflections on Recent Progress and Reversals in the War to Curb Violence against Women Ann Elizabeth Mayer