Just over 50 years ago several African countries drew up new Constitutions which included protocols such as the Protocol on the Rights of Women. Decades later, has constitutional reform brought gender equality to women in Africa? And what does gender equality mean in the everyday lives of women on the continent?
The contributors to this volume provide insights into women's rights in seven African countries - Cote d'Ivoire, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa and Uganda. Each looks at the causes, context and consequences of the struggle to uphold women's rights. Their case studies illustrate property-grabbing in Malawi, women's citizenship in Nigeria, and the rise of hate crimes and sexual violence against black lesbians in South Africa, among other issues.
Stefanie Roehrs is senior researcher at the Gender, Health and Justice Research Unit at the University of Cape Town. Dee Smythe is Professor and Director of the Law, Race and Gender Unit in the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town. She is also senior lecturer in the Department of Public Law. She is the author (with Pithey, B., and Artz, L) of Commentary on the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences and Related Matters) Amendment Act 32 of 2007, (Juta, 2011), and (with Artz, L.) Should we consent? The politics of rape law reform in South Africa (Juta, 2008).