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Newsletter: From Evidence to Action

customary law

  • Voice and Agency: Empowering women and girls for shared prosperity is a major new report by the World Bank that shines a spotlight on the value of voice and agency, the patterns of constraints that limit their realization, and the associated costs, not only to individual women but to their famili

  • Ukuthwala is a form of abduction that involves kidnapping a girl or a young woman by a man and his friends or peers with the intention of compelling the girl or young woman’s family to endorse marriage negotiations. In ancient Africa, particularly among the Nguni, Ukuthwala was a condoned albeit

  • A full report  presented to the 12th Annual Conference of the South African Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SAPSAC). So what about Ukuthwala? In its most basic description it is the practice of kidnapping girls for marriage. Forced marriage is illegal.

  • These fact sheets on Children's Protection and Cultural Rights -composed of 8 sections- have been developed to help child protection stakeholders promote, preserve and strengthen the positive aspects of customary practices and values and change harmful ones.

  • This document seeks to explore customary law practices which protect children and those which are potentially harmful to them.It examines the legal framework surrounding the issue and the governance structures, parenting practices and customs which exist within traditional communities.