Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives
Are conflicting legal norms a problem for securing gender rights and justice? Does culture have a role in defining rights, or are universal definitions necessary to avoid injustice? In their new book Gender Justice and Legal Pluralities: Latin American and African Perspectives Rachel Sieder and John McNeish (eds) examine the relationship between legal pluralities and the prospects for greater gender justice in developing countries. Rather than asking whether legal pluralities are ‘good’ or ‘bad’ for women, the starting point is that legal pluralities are a social fact that must be understood within given contexts.
The editors of the book will present their findings and Gro Lindstad will give comments.
Rachel Sieder is senior research professor at the Centro de Investigaciones y Educación Superior en Antropología Social (CIESAS) in Mexico City, Adjunct Senior Research at CMI, Norway and research fellow at the Institute for the Study of the Americas at the University of London.
John McNeish is Associate Professor at Noragric, UMB and Adjunct Senior Researcher at Christian Michelsens Institute (CMI) Norway.
Gro Lindstad, Director, FOKUS (Forum for Women and Development)