Women and Custom in Namibia

Cultural Practice Versus Gender Equality?

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This publication makes a valuable contribution in terms of such education, and will be a tool not only for researchers, students, academics, lawyers and stakeholders in the fi eld of women’s rights and customary practices, but also for the public at large. At the same time, this important publication serves as a guide for all those men and women who wish to contribute to the enhancement of women’s rights in Namibia or who wish to empower themselves by breaking the fetters in their thinking.

Contributors 9
List of Abbreviations 15
Acknowledgements 17
Foreword
Anton Bösl
19
Introduction
Oliver C Ruppel
21
SECTION I:
Promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Namibia
Promoting women’s rights and gender equality in Namibia
Anton Bösl
27
SECTION II:
Women’s Action for Development
Women’s Action for Development:
15 Years of experience with customary practice in rural Namibia

Veronica de Klerk
33
SECTION III:
Women and Custom in Namibia
Women and Custom in Namibia: A research overview
Lotta Ambunda and Stephanie de Klerk
43
SECTION IV:
Polygyny in Ovambadja
Polygyny in Ovambadja: A female perspective
Prisca Anyolo
83
SECTION V:
Strengthening women's rights
Strengthening women's rights
Manfred O Hinz
93
SECTION VI:
Women and law reform in Namibia – recent developments
Women and law reform in Namibia – recent developments
Tousy Namiseb
107
SECTION VII:
Some judicial reflections on women and custom in Namibia
Strengthening women's rights
Kato van Niekerk
113
SECTION XIII:
Implications of Violence against women
Implications of Violence against women:
A student perspective from Academia

Oliver C. Ruppel, Kingo Mchombu and Itah Kandjii-Murangi
119
SECTION IX:
The socio economic position of women subject to customary law
The socio economic position of women subject to customary law:
A southern African perspective

Julie Stewart
131
SECTION X:
Women and custom in Namibia – The legal setting
The relevant legal foundations
Wilmary Visser and Katharina Ruppel-Schlichting
149
Bibliography 165
Appendix I: Legal texts 173
Appendix II: List of useful contact institutions 225

published

Namibia, November 19, 2008

ISBN

978-99916-0-938-6