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Children's rights standards and child marriage in Malawi
(University of Florida, Centre for African Studies, 2017)
Child marriages occur when one of the parties is below the age of eighteen. In Malawi, research has shown that most child marriages are a result of cultural practices. To comply with various international and regional ...
What is the future of polygyny (polygamy) in Africa?
(Academy of Science of South Africa, 2017)
The traditional practice of polygyny, whereby only a man is allowed to marry more than one wife in a customary marriage, has long been perceived to be an offender of women's rights. Recent family law reforms on the ...
The essence vindicated? Courts and customary marriages in South Africa
(Pretoria University Law Press, 2017)
This article describes different approaches in which courts have determined the validity of customary marriages under the Recognition of Customary Marriages Act in order to address the historical injustices of vulnerable ...
The thin edge of the wedge: ukuthwala, alienation and consent
(Taylor & Francis, 2017)
Ukuthwala, a mock abduction of a girl for the purpose of a customary marriage, has been subject to debate at both local and national level. This debate culminated into a South African Law Reform Commission Report on the ...