ISBN 9781779150011
Pages 188
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2000
Publisher Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

In the Shadow of the Law

Women and Justice Delivery in Malawi

by Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

What adjudication and mediation options are available to women in Zimbabwe with regard to family-related issues? Are women able to use and effectively access these options? What effects have changes in the law had on women's access to the state's systems of justice? How do customary law and general law work in practice? Are informal mediation and adjudication processes like those used by the family or the church, more accessible and more likely to be relied upon either voluntarily or involuntarily by women than the state's justice offerings? How could the formal justice delivery system be changed to make it more user-friendly, especially for women?

These are some of the questions addressed by this latest WLSA Zimbabwe research which examines women's access to justice delivery in the sphere of civil law. In the WLSA tradition, the Zimbabwean team set out to investigate justice delivery in Zimbabwe, with the focus on the reality of women's daily lives. The team of researchers examined justice delivery in every sphere - from the home, the village, the community and the district, right up to the magistrate's courts, the higher courts and the Supreme Court.

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Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

Women in Law in Southern Africa-Malawi is the Malawi branch of the prestigious Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust (WLSA). WLSA was born of a group of women and men in southern Africa who wanted to advance the legal situation of women; and was founded in 1988 at a regional conference held in Zimbabwe by a group of lawyers and social scientists. It is regional and action-orientated and aims to improve the situation of women through advocacy and lobbying for law and policy changes. The organization works in the following southern African countries: Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Since inception, WLSA has undertaken research and published several titles on women and the law on, for example, women and the administration of justice; family related issues; the changing concept of the family; and gendered African traditions, women human rights law.

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