Launch of Falling Through the Cracks: Reflections on Customary Law and the Imprisonment of Women in South Sudan
Date: 1st March 2013
Venue: Juba University Hall 2
Falling through the Cracks explores the dynamics and impact of customary and statutory legal systems on women’s human rights and the capacity of women to negotiate either or both system in pursuit of justice. The complexities of the parallel system ostensibly see women falling in between the two; struggling to find justice in either. It identifies key issues inclusive of dowry, early and forced marriage, domestic violence, existing cultural prejudices and patriarchy alongside a customary system which fails to fully recognize the human rights of women and a statutory system which is still in development and is alien to the vast majority of South Sudanese as major obstacles in attaining justice for women. The paper is a part of the SIHA’s project which aspires to address the impact of specific traditional practices and concepts on women’s human rights across Horn of Africa countries.