n African Human Rights Law Journal - Women, law and human rights : An African perspective, Fareda Banda : recent publications

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1609-073X
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2096



Fareda Banda's book, , deals with a contemporary human rights issue - the rights of women in Africa. It consists of eight chapters. Chapter one is introductory and looks at the impact of culture on human rights and feminist debates on the subject. Chapter two gives a general overview of how customary laws developed in Africa since the colonial era. This chapter also looks at the conflict of laws that exists between customary laws and other laws. It considers constitutional protection of women in Africa. The author uses domestic court decisions to illustrate these tensions. Banda highlights the conflicts of laws that exist and how these can be a cause for failure to realise the rights of women.

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