Voices of African Women: Women's Rights in Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania

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Voices of African Women is a collection of essays by accomplished women's rights lawyers from Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania. It describes - in their own words - the challenges these activists face in implementing international human rights norms at the local and national levels.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890891247
  • Publisher: Carolina Academic Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 456
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.09 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : overview of history and legal systems : Ghana, Tanzania, and Uganda
Ch. 1 Women's right to participate in public life 3
Chapter introduction 3
Legal strategies to increase Ugandan women's access to higher education 12
Women and higher education in Tanzania 28
Implementation of affirmative action in Tanzania's parliament : an assessment of the reserved seats for women 40
One step forward, two steps back : the women's movement and law reform in Uganda from 1985-2000 52
Judicial activism and gender rights in Tanzania : the task ahead 63
Ch. 2 Violence against women 75
Chapter introduction 75
Trokosi : twentieth century female bondage - a Ghanaian case study 83
The plight of refugee women : protection from sexual violence in refugee camps - a case study of Tanzania 96
Sexual violence against women in Tanzania : a case study on the 1998 Sexual Offences (special provision) Act No. 4 117
Domestic violence : strategies for combating wife battery in Uganda 132
Marital rape as a form of domestic violence and the need for law reform in Ghana 147
Attitudes toward victims of rape that affect the reporting, prosecutions, and convictions for rape : the need for law reform in Ghana 155
Female genital mutilation : tradition or torture? 166
Ch. 3 Women's rights within the family 181
Chapter introduction 181
Polygamy, equality, and the gender debate : a comparative study of Ghana and the United States 190
Discrimination in the traditional marriage and divorce system in Ghana : looking at the problem from a human rights perspective 205
Comparative study of the status of women under the law of divorce and of their economic status in Uganda, Britain, and Bangladesh 218
Rethinking property : women and matrimonial property rights in Tanzania 232
Property in marriage relations - its legal implications for women in Uganda 243
Impact of customary inheritance on the status of widows and daughters in Tanzania : a challenge to human rights activists 255
Ch. 4 Reproductive health, women's subordination, and HIV/AIDS 267
Chapter introduction 267
Religious and cultural rights : reclaiming the African woman's individuality - the struggle between women's reproductive autonomy and African society and culture 274
Women and HIV/AIDS in Uganda 288
Women's rights and the AIDS epidemic in Tanzania 301
Ch. 5 Women's economic empowerment 315
Chapter introduction 315
Women and employment discrimination in Uganda's formal sector : facing challenges and forging change 323
Women's access to and control over land in Uganda : a tool for economic empowerment 337
Ghanaian women, the law, and economic power 349
Shattering the glass ceiling : what women in Uganda need to make it to the top 366
Law reform and effective implementation as the means to economically empower the Ugandan woman 379
Conclusion : national human rights commissions : Ghana, Uganda, and Tanzania 391
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