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Title:Judicial protection of the rights of women under the constitutions of the Southern African countries with particular reference to non-discrimination
Author:Tshosa, O.ISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development
Geographic terms:Botswana
South Africa
Subjects:gender discrimination
women's rights
Abstract:Historically, women have been discriminated against on the basis of gender globally and particularly in Africa. However, legal instruments have been adopted both nationally and internationally to address discrimination against women. National courts in particular have a major role to play in protecting women against gender-based discrimination. This article examines the extent to which the judiciary in Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe have enforced the prohibition against discrimination based on sex. These countries have written constitutions which outlaw sex-based discrimination. The constitutions also empower the judiciary to enforce human rights. Examination of cases involving discrimination against women in these countries reveals an observable judicial trend of enforcing prohibition against sex-based discrimination. Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract, edited]