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Author Jalal, P. Imrana (Patricia Imrana)

Title Law for Pacific women : a legal rights handbook / P. Imrana Jalal
Published Suva, Fiji : Fiji Women's Rights Movement, 1998


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 MELB  KN 152.2 P12 Jal/Lop  AVAILABLE
Description xxi, 674 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents 1. The law and the women's lives -- 2. Constitutional status, citizenship and customary law -- 3. Land rights -- 4. Sexual offences against women and children -- 5. Criminal assault against women in the home -- 6. Women as criminal defendants -- 7. Marriage and separation -- 8. Divorce -- 9. Custody, access and guardianship of children -- 10. Maintenance for married women and legitimate children -- 11. Matrimonial property -- 12. De facto relationships, affiliation and natural children -- 13. Women and work -- 14. Women lawyers and legal aid for women -- 15. Strategies for change
Summary Jalal has been able to collect the inputs of many individuals working within the legal systems of nine jurisdictions (all member states of the University of the South Pacific) in the region. This book represents an important collection of authorities and information in the region. The information is presented as simply as possible with an attempt to explain legal concepts and ideas in non-technical language. Although this is not an academic text and is not aimed at an academic audience, many will find it a useful point of reference for case examples and some legislative provisions. Its main objective, however, is to politicize the position of women in the Pacific. Ms Jalal's work is driven by her "anger at the injustice that is caused to women in the Pacific, because they are women" (Preface ix) and in her introductory chapter she argues that "Pacific Island feminism" will pave the way for equality for women in the region
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 645-654) and index
Subject Women -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- Oceania.
Women's rights -- Oceania.
Author Fiji Women's Rights Movement.
LC no. 98187171
ISBN 9829000001
OTHER TI Video visits. South Pacific collection.