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Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence against Women: International Perspectives

Edited by: Mahnaz Akhami

ISBN13: 9781138344938
Published: September 2018
Publisher: Routledge
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Around the world, discriminatory legislation prevents women from accessing their human rights. It can affect almost every aspect of a woman's life, including the right to choose a partner, inherit property, hold a job, and obtain child custody. Often referred to as family law, these laws have contributed to discrimination and to the justification of gender-based violence globally. This book demonstrates how women across the world are contributing to legal reform, helping to shape non-discriminatory policies and to counter current legal and social justifications for gender-based violence.

The book takes case studies from Brazil, India, Iran, Lebanon, Nigeria, Palestine, Senegal, and Turkey, using them to demosntrate in each case the varied history of family law and the wide variety of issues impacting women’s equality in legislation. Interviews with prominent women's rights activists in three additional countries are also included, giving personal accounts of the successes and failures of past reform efforts. Overall, the book provides a complex global picture of current trends and strategies in the fight for a more egalitarian society.

These findings come at a critical moment for change. Across the globe, family law issues are contentious. We are simultaneously witnessing an increased demand for women’s equality and the resurgence of fundamentalist forces that impede reform, invoking rules rooted in tradition, culture, and interpretations of religious texts. The outcome of these disputes has enormous ramifications for women’s roles in the family and society. This book tackles these complexities head on, and will interest activists, practitioners, students, and scholars working on women's rights and gender-based violence.

Family Law
1. Introduction Mahnaz Afkhami 

PART I Country Case Studies
2. Feminist Advocacy for Family Law Reform: Cross-country overviewYakın Ertürk
3. BrazilMaria Barsted, Leila Linhares, and Jacqueline Pitanguy
4. IndiaKalpana Kannabiran
5. IranMehrangiz Kar and Azadeh Pourzand
6. Lebanon Ziyad Baroud and Ghadir El-Alayli
7. NigeriaVictoria Ibezim-Ohaeri
8. Palestine Luna Saadeh, Fidaa Barghouthi, and Fatmeh Muaqqet
9. SenegalAlpha Ba and Aminata Bousso Ly
10. TurkeyGökçeçiçek Ayata and Ayşen Candaş

PART II Interviews
11. Interviews with Leaders in the Egyptian, Jordanian, and Moroccan Campaigns to Reform Family Laws and Eliminate Gender-based Violence Haleh Vaziri
12. Interview with Hoda Elsadda
13. Interview with Asma Khader
14. Interview with Rabéa Naciri
15. Conclusion: Reflections on Recent Progress and Reversals in the War to Curb Violence against Women Ann Elizabeth Mayer