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Title:Human rights, African values and traditions: an inter-diciplinary approach
Editors:Iribemwangi, P.I.ISNI
Muthee, Margaret W.ISNI
Ndohvu, J.B.
Series:Haki book series
City of publisher:Nairobi
Publisher:Focus Publishers
ISBN:9966011625; 9789966011626
Geographic terms:East Africa
Subjects:human rights
women's rights
children's rights
conference papers (form)
Abstract:This book originates from a workshop organized in Nairobi in October 2008, under the theme of 'Human rights, African values and traditions'. The book addresses the issue of human rights and its connection with African values and traditions from an interdisciplinary perspective. It interrogates various societal aspects and examines them in the light of the international human rights framework and instruments. At the core of the book are issues of human rights in regard to children, women and youth. The authors examine traditional practices that affect the development and well being of the communities that undertake them. They have also looked at some of the beliefs, attitudes and assumptions that are held by communities and their potential dangers in terms of curtailing the enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms espoused in international and regional human rights instruments. Contributions: Human rights, African values and traditions (introduction by Lone Lindholt); The status of women in the traditional Swahili society (Mwenda Mbatiah); Abortion and State power in Kenya (Jane Wambui); Female genital mutilation, human rights and language: the meeting point (P.I. Iribemwangi); Contested child rights and Kenyan perceptions of parenthood and childhood (Wafula Muyila); Tensions between children's rights and culture: the case of child participation in Kenyan schools (Lillian Kaviti); Motherhood, childhood and human rights by the Tugen of Kenya (Prisca Jerono); Victims or villains: the search for identity by youth in Kenya (Margaret Wamuyu Muthee); Method for intercultural knowing: a foundational philosophy for the right to knowledge (Sango Mwanahewa); Linguistic rights are human rights (Jayne Mutiga); The necessity and sufficiency of Kantian ethics (Joseph Situma). [ASC Leiden abstract]