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Title:Constitutional equality and the position of women in a multi-cultural society
Author:Church, JoanISNI
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:married women
equal opportunity
Abstract:Over the years various issues relating to the position of women in South African society and the disadvantages suffered by them have been identified. However, it is particularly in recent years, and especially in the run-up to the 1994 election, that these issues have been emphasized. This article deals with two of these issues: the legal status of women and the general status of women in society and within their families. More particularly, attention is drawn to the concept of marriage and the position of married women in a multicultural society. The author shows that over the last ten years legislative reforms aimed at bringing about an egalitarian matrimonial dispensation have served to ameliorate the position of women married by civil rights. The question arises whether these reform measures should be confined to the Western or civil marriage to the exclusion of other forms of marriage such as the African customary and Muslim marriages. Notes, ref.