ISBN 9789991271279
Pages 136
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2002
Publisher Lightbooks Publishers, Botswana
Format Paperback

No Safe Place

Incest And Defilement In Botswana

by Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

Given the escalating sexual health crisis in Botswana, this is a timely and important study which will inform wider social and human rights debates. It explodes the myth that the family in Botswana is not the safe haven for children it is perceived to be. Child abuse is usually committed during the day, within the home or neighbourhood and at school or church; it is rarer around places perceived as risky, such as night clubs. Incest and defilement are usually committed against girls by older relatives whom they have benn taught to trust and look to for protection.

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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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