Women, Land and Authority: Perspectives from South Africa

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Shamim Meer
David Philip, 1997 - Social Science - 146 pages
The issue of land lies at the heart of South Africa's democratic transformation, but the extremity of apartheid's racial legacy is in danger of obscuring an equally pervasive oppression: that of women. New initiatives to restore land rights and redistribute colonial landholding often fail to address women's disadvantage in matters of land. This volume brings together recent research on women by the National Land Committee. It reveals the circumstances of tenure and rights of access to land in a changing South Africa, from the perspective of women.
What emerges is a sharp sense of transition and crisis - and a pressing need for women's organisation, to ensure that development and legislation are informed by the priorities of women, and that South Africa's land question is treated not least as a problem of gender transformation.

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About the author (1997)

Shamim is a feminist activist, educator, researcher and writer. She was a co-founder of feminist publications SPEAK and Agenda. She has worked to advance social justice and women's rights in communities, within trade unions, and within development practice. She has written and edited publications on women's land rights, feminism and democracy, rights and development among others.

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