Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminist Activism, Women's Rights and Legal Reform

Magazine article New Internationalist

Feminist Activism, Women's Rights and Legal Reform

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Feminist activism, women's rights and legal reform edited by Mulki Al- Sharmani (Zed Books ISBN 978-1-78032-962-8)

With headline-grabbing young feminist movements two-a penny these days, from the bare-breasted Ukrainian Femen to Britain's media-smart Drop the Lads Mags campaigners, this sober, forensic evaluation of legal reform in pursuit of gender justice makes for an illuminating blast of theory.

In the collection, eight researchers trace the fortunes of legal advocacy for women's rights in little-studied nations such as Palestine, Yemen and Iran.

Feminist scholars can now draw on complex field-based studies that show how state-building and political context - not just religious conservatism - can dictate whether, for example, initiatives to improve access to divorce, allow women to inherit or to put an end to polygamy, will succeed. …

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