Women judges are playing increasingly prominent roles in many African judiciaries, yet there remains very little comparative research on the subject. Drawing on extensive cross-national data and theoretical and empirical analysis, this book provides a timely and broad-ranging assessment of gender and judging in African judiciaries.

Employing different theoretical approaches, the book investigates how women have fared within domestic African judiciaries as both actors and litigants. It explores how women negotiate multiple hierarchies to access the judiciary, and how gender-related issues are handled in courts. The chapters in the book provide policy, theoretical and practical prescriptions to the challenges identified, and offer recommendations for the future directions of gender and judging in the post-COVID-19 era, including the role of technology, artificial intelligence, social media, and institutional transformations that can help promote women’s rights.

Bringing together specific cases from Kenya, Uganda, Ghana, Nigeria, Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa and regional bodies such as ECOWAS and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and covering a broad range of thematic reflections, this book will be of interest to scholars, students, and practitioners of African law, judicial politics, judicial training, and gender studies. It will also be useful to bilateral and multilateral donor institutions financing gender-sensitive judicial reform programs, particularly in Africa.

The Open Access version of this book, available at

www.taylorfrancis.com/books/oa-edit/10.4324/9780429327865/gender-judging-courts-africa-jarpa-dawuni, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

chapter 1|22 pages


Gender and judging across Africa: A case of old wine in new skins or new wine in old skins?
ByJ. Jarpa Dawuni
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part I|54 pages

Women and gender-related jurisprudence in the courts

chapter 3|15 pages

To win both the battle and the war

Judicial determination of property rights of spouses in Ghana
ByMaame Yaa Mensa-Bonsu, Maame A.S. Mensa-Bonsu
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chapter 4|20 pages

“Judging” lesbians

Prospects for advancing lesbian rights protection through the courts in Nigeria
ByPedi Obani
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part II|82 pages

Emerging gender issues in the courts

chapter 5|20 pages

Femicide and judging

Social media as an alternative online court in Kenya
ByStephen Muthoka Mutie
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chapter 6|24 pages

Judging beyond gender

Maternal and infant mortality as an emerging gender-related issue in Ugandan courts
ByW. Naigaga Kyobiika
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chapter 7|19 pages

Revenge pornography as a form of sexual and gender-based violence in Ghana

Emerging judicial issues
ByMaame Efua Addadzi-Koom
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part III|72 pages

Judicial appointments and gender representation in regional bodies and national courts

chapter 9|28 pages

The feminine face of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

ByReine Alapini-Gansou
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chapter 10|20 pages

Pursuing gender equality through the courts

The role of South Africa's women judges
ByPenelope Andrews
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chapter 11|22 pages

One sauce for the goose, another for the gander

Zambian women judges and perceptions of illegitimacy
ByTabeth Masengu
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part IV|43 pages

Judicial training and gender

chapter 12|21 pages

Unlocking gender inequality through judicial training

Insights from Tanzania
ByJuliana Masabo
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chapter 13|20 pages

Gender awareness training in Judicial Training Institutes in Kenya and Uganda

ByNightingale Rukuba-Ngaiza
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part V|44 pages

COVID-19 pandemic and gender-related judicial issues

chapter 14|18 pages

The COVID-19 pandemic, courts, and the justice system

ByMuna Ndulo
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chapter 15|24 pages

Sexual and gender-based violence in Uganda during the COVID-19 pandemic

New and old lessons for the criminal justice system
ByLillian Tibatemwa-Ekirikubinza
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