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Gender Parity and Multicultural FeminismTowards a New Synthesis$
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Ruth Rubio-Marín and Will Kymlicka

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198829621

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198829621.001.0001

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The Challenges of Parity: Increasing Women’s Participation in Informal Justice Systems within Sub-Saharan Africa

The Challenges of Parity: Increasing Women’s Participation in Informal Justice Systems within Sub-Saharan Africa

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(p.175) 7 The Challenges of Parity: Increasing Women’s Participation in Informal Justice Systems within Sub-Saharan Africa
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Gender Parity and Multicultural Feminism
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Johanna Bond

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198829621.003.0007

This chapter argues that gender parity should be a priority for both formal governance structures and traditional authorities in sub-Saharan African countries. The path to gender parity within traditional decision-making authorities in the region, however, may be a long one. Efforts to achieve gender parity within traditional institutions are more likely to succeed when they involve local initiatives to facilitate women’s participation in public life and community problem-solving rather than top-down legislative requirements. Efforts to more fully integrate women in positions of public authority and community problem-solving, such as efforts in Tanzania to provide widespread paralegal training for women, may offer more promise in breaking down the public/private divide that continues to characterize much of customary law within the region.

Keywords:   sub-Saharan Africa, traditional authorities, Maputo Protocol, paralegals, customary law

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