Gender rights in post-colonial societies: A comparative study of Kenya and India

Show simple item record Chhichhia, Bandini 2020-07-10T10:51:03Z 2020-07-10T10:51:03Z 2020-06
dc.description.abstract This paper is a comparative legal study undertaken to determine the current status of gender rights in two countries: India and Kenya. The countries were selected on the basis of their similar legal systems, colonial heritage and the demographic dispersion of women in rural areas. Using the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as the international benchmark for state behaviour, it examines the existing legal framework, institutions and state policies in both countries to draw similarities and identify differences in each country’s gender rights framework. Drawing from the comparative analysis, the main areas of reform for Kenya are the enactment of antidiscriminatory legislation, new institutions with separate investigative and enforcement powers and an approach away from ‘mainstreaming’ towards gender ‘empowerment.’ For India, the challenge seems to be land reform, particularly with respect to land ownership for women in rural areas. Both countries would benefit from three common measures: a new conceptual legal theory, progressive antidiscrimination legislation and gender awareness education to fight the embedded problem of deeprooted negative socio-cultural norms. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher International Scholars Journals en_US
dc.subject Gender rights en_US
dc.subject CEDAW en_US
dc.subject Mainstreaming en_US
dc.subject Empowerment en_US
dc.subject Kenya and India en_US
dc.title Gender rights in post-colonial societies: A comparative study of Kenya and India en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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