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Title:Gender, bureaucracy and law: the search for change
Author:Munalula, Mulela MargaretISNI
Periodical:Zambia Law Journal
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Zambia
Central Africa
women's rights
public sector
Abstract:Contrary to radical feminists who advocate condemnation or avoidance of engagement with the bureaucy, the present author argues that engaging State bureaucracies is politically expedient. To illustrate the intricacies of such engagement, she examines feminist intervention in the Zambian public sector, highlighting three different actions. The first was by members of the Zambia Association of Research and Development (ZARD), who recommended legal and policy change on the basis of research which demonstrated that Zambian laws were biased against women. The second was with regard to the 1973 Zambian Constitution and the enactment of provisions to guarantee protection against discrimination on the basis of 'sex' or 'marital status'. The third action was the test case which the Women's Rights Committee of the Law Association of Zambia brought against the government to force it to put the new gender equality law and policy incorporated in article 23(3) of the 1991 Republican Constitution into practice. The author notes that the difficulty of combatting institutionalized gender inequity in the public sector serves to strengthen the need for theoretical understandings of bureaucracy and gender in search of organized change. Notes, ref.