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Title:Folk law is the culprit: women's 'non-rights' in Swaziland
Author:Adinkrah, K.O.
Periodical:Journal of Legal Pluralism and Unofficial Law
Geographic term:Swaziland - Eswatini
Subjects:customary law
Abstract:This study of women's rights in Swaziland, which is based on interviews with over seventy women in 1988, newspaper articles, and participant observation, examines the position of Swazi women in politics, law and administration, their economic position, and their situation with respect to marriage, divorce and inheritance. These aspects of the position of women are considered from the perspective of customary or folk law as affected by State law. The first part of the study discusses traditional women's rights as stated officially, the second examines the actual situation of women today. The author shows that rhetoric and reality are very different. The 'non-rights' situation of women is caused by the fact that folk law has failed to respond to the changes introduced by contact with Western civilization. Bibliogr., notes, ref.