ISBN 9781779150042
Pages 168
Dimensions 216 x 140 mm
Published 2001
Publisher Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust, Zimbabwe
Format Paperback

Pregnancy and Childbirth. Joy or Despair

Women and Gender-generated Reproductive Crimes of Violence

by Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust

The research contained in this book follows from the earlier publication Women and the Justice Delivery System in Zimbabwe (WLSA, 2000). This book focuses on the so- called ‘gender-generated crimes of violence committed by women’ – unlawful abortion, infanticide, concealment of birth and baby dumping –in relation to the criminal justice system. The book explores the social, cultural, economic and educational factors which underpin these acts. It aims to provide a research platform from which to argues for changes in laws and policies around access to contraception and legal abortion, and to advocate a more sensitive approach to women’s reproductive rights.

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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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