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Negotiating the Power of NGOs
Women's Legal Rights in South Africa

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Part of Cambridge Studies in Law and Society

  • Date Published: April 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108639743

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  • This book focuses on the socio-political environment that allows for the impactful work of NGOs through their proximity to local communities. The book showcases how this space has helped South African women's rights NGOs to bring about crucial legal reforms, which are quite relevant to women's lived realities. Recognizing its limitations, the South African state encourages NGOs to work freely on the ground and with state institutions to ameliorate the conditions for women's rights. The outcome of this state-NGO dynamic can be seen in the numerous human rights gains achieved by NGOs in general, and by women's rights organizations specifically. In addition, vulnerable communities such as women living under customary law have a significantly better chance to access justice. The book then demonstrates the opposite scenario, using Egypt as a case study, where NGOs are viewed as a national threat, and consequently operate under restrictive rules.

    • Offers first-hand insights from NGO staff who work directly with vulnerable communities such as women living under customary law
    • Sheds light on the process of negotiating human rights and state responsibility for impact litigation cases, appealing to those interested in discussions, negotiations and the thought process behind legal judgments in cases concerning gender
    • Links the state and NGO dynamic with the growth and development of NGOs and their ability to make legal gains for women's rights
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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108639743
    • contains: 7 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. South Africa: formal law and the constitution
    3. Informal justice: a favourable alternative?
    4. From politics to law-making: NGOs and the state in South Africa
    5. The justice system: space for negotiating human rights
    6. The art of litigation: tactics and impact
    7. Access to justice and NGOs: awareness, guidance and empowerment
    8. Disabling factors for socio-legal development: insights from Egypt
    9. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Reem Wael, HarassMap, Egypt, Africa
    Reem Wael is a social science researcher with a geographic focus on the Middle East and Africa. She co-founded the first gender consulting firm in the Middle East to focus on research and policy, trainings and media; she worked on numerous research projects on gender cross-cutting with health, education, data and information, law, and violence. In her most recent fulltime position, Reem was the Executive Director of HarassMap, an NGO based in Egypt, using an online-offline integrated approach to end social acceptability of sexual harassment in Egypt. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, where she conducted socio-legal analysis on gender-based violence in South Africa.

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