Legal Aid Clinics Help Rural Women

Mananjary — Legal aid clinics are playing an important role during Madagascar’s current political and economic crisis, especially for poverty-hit rural women who are under-served by the country’s ailing judicial system.

In the southeast of Madagascar, women’s rights used to be defended in special village councils, called ‘anakavy amin-dreny’ (the “sisters and mothers”). Although the village chief was always male, he was obliged to discuss issues with the head woman and the “sisters and mothers” had the authority to punish abusive husbands or male relatives who refused to share inherited land.

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Categories: Africa, Madagasgar

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