Singapore Women's Charter: Roles, Responsibilities, and Rights in Marriage

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Theresa W. Devasahayam
Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2011 - Women - 200 pages
The chapters in this book are an assembly of commentaries by a distinguished team of specialists on the social impact of the Singapore Women's Charter on women and men. The Women's Charter is the main legislation protecting women's rights in the context of the family in Singapore. Highlights of this book include the reasons for the significance of legislation to protect women's rights in marriage; how the legislation came about; case studies from Southeast Asia; how the Singapore Women's Charter evolved and became established; how the Charter goes beyond protecting women's rights by reinforcing men's and women's obligations and duties in a marital partnership; how the Charter has come to be perceived by men and women especially in its enforcement in the context of divorce; and the social repercussions of the Charter on the family in its application. There has been ongoing discussion on the implications of the Charter on the lives of Singaporean women and men for some years since its implementation. The purpose of this book is to enrich our understanding of this legislation further - its objectives, efficacy and shortfalls.
 

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Contents

Examples from Southeast Asia
1
Where We Were Coming From and How We Got There
43
3 Significant Provisions in the Womens Charter
79
4 A Lawyers Perspective on How Divorcees View the Womens Charter
113
Understanding and Exploring the Psychosocial Impact of the Womens Charter on Familiies Experiencing Domestic Violence
147
Some Thoughts on Protecting Womens Rights in the Family and Beyond
179
Index
187
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 Theresa W. Devasahayam is Fellow and Gender Studies Programme Coordinator at the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS), Singapore.

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