Family Law in Sub Saharan Africa
In most nations of the world, the status of women under family law is reflected in their status in the public sphere. This study uses data on marriage, property control, and reproductive rights from Sub Saharan African nations to measure how equal men and women are in the home. It then compares this index to common indicators of women's status in economics and politics. Finally, it suggests reasons why the patterns found in other areas of the world may not apply to sub-Saharan Africa.
Keywords: Family Law, Sub-Saharan Africa, Women's Equality
Dr. Patricia Crotty
East Stroudsburg University
Dr. Kimberly Adams
Professor, Political Science Department, East Stroudsburg University