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Title:Women's Social Status and Social Justice in Contemporary Tswana
Authors:Phaladze, Nthabiseng A.
Ngwenya, Barbara N.
Periodical:Journal of Social Development in Africa (ISSN 1012-1080)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:social inequality
customary law
family law
women's rights
social policy
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Law, Human Rights and Violence
Status of Women
Cultural Roles
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Marital Relations and Nuptiality
social justice
gender discrimination
Abstract:This article explores the sociocultural traditions and legal practices that have contributed to the low status of women in contemporary Tswana society, presenting a state-of-the art literature review of the customary law and marriage act statutes and their adverse impact on the status of women in Botswana. There is evidence of 'legally-induced poverty' which is entrenched in the country's statutes, development policies, programmes and everyday sociocultural practices. Ethnographic methods, desk research and a review of literature from primary and secondary sources were used to gather data. The research reveals that certain provisions of the statutory laws continue to discriminate against women, adversely impact on their life chances and contravene their human rights. The quest for social justice and gender equality in Botswana has implications for a social policy that must override any practices that humiliate or seek to discriminate against women. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]