• Between Modernism and Heritage

    How effective is the legal protection of women’s rights in remote areas of Ethiopia ­– a country with one of the most comprehensive and equitable criminal codes, which condemn violence against women and has family laws very much up to international standards – when repressive cultural laws and practices operate from discriminatory principles and promote the subordination and exploitation of women? Searching for women’s opportunities for fair and reliable recourse to both traditional and formal systems of justice, the knowledge and the experiences of women within dual legal systems have been documented and are shared in this study. A resource for advocacy, the paper warns of defending the violation of human rights with their alleged cultural specificity.

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  • Beyound Trousers

    Mapping the experiences of women with the application of the public order laws, police and courts in Sudan, Beyond Trousers reveals the public order regime to promote a derogative concept of women and prevent them from executing their economic, political and human rights. An analysis within the legal and religious context reflects how the POR undermines Sudan’s capacity to fulfill its obligations under the African Charter and in Human Rights perspectives, mainly for women. Recommendations to policy makers ask for repeal and reform of the POR for its negative impacts on the culture in Sudan.

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  • Theatre for Change

    A theatre workshop enabled women from different ages and backgrounds, still under the effect of war and its consequences, to transform their non verbal memory into performative expression, setting out on a path to recovery, a path to self esteem, dignity and healing. Theatre, known as a medium to expand the values of peace, equality, justice and social responsibility, helped to bring individual and collective internal experiences to the external level. In this report the methods, strategies and exercises are documented. Women are carriers and connectors of stories in society. Learning to write down their story, they introduce the reader to their experience of transforming war trauma into developing their communities and reforming the condition of other women, in an attempt to overcome the devastating experience of war together: “Our stories will always remain ours, but in retelling them they belong to us all”.

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  • Falling through the cracks

    An extensive, participatory field research undertaken with activists, grass-roots leaders, and elites, comprising interviews and community consultations, Falling Through the Cracks addresses traditions, practices and views related to dowry, domestic violence, divorce and adultery that perpetuate prejudice policies and the violation of women’s rights in South Sudan. Against the backdrop of the construction of the new Republic of South Sudan, the volume draws attention to gender identity and structural violence. A call to review contexts of customs and to enact existing conventions, bills and instruments that protect human rights, it is an agenda for action and gives a voice to women who are imprisoned, victimized and persecuted - in the cracks between the inadequacies of the traditional law and the statuary system.

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