Family Law in Sub Saharan Africa

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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
Stream: Identity and Belonging; the Politics of Diversity; Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. Patricia Crotty

East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA, United States Virgin Islands

Patricia Crotty received her doctorate from Binghamton University. Her areas of interest include Women in Politics and Public Policy Analysis. She has published two books on women and family law and numerous articles in academic journals.

Dr. Kimberly Adams

Professor, Political Science Department, East Stroudsburg University
East Stroudsburg, PA, United States Virgin Islands

Kimberly Adams recieved her Ph.D. from the University of Mississippi. Her fiedls of interest include women in politics, political parties, and political communications. She has authored numerous artcles in academic journals on the role of women and minorities in politics.

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