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35+ years of activism & feminism in Fiji

Law for Pacific Women

Law for Pacific Women: a legal rights Handbook (1998) by Imrana Jalal examines legislation, court decisions, common law , legal structures and legal practices in the Pacific Islands through the lens of a human rights lawyer and feminist, committed to the pursuit of gender equality. Fueled by the prevailing realities of injustices against women, Jalal traveled the region prior to 1998, critically analysing and documenting gender issues and the law, and their intersections. Written in user-friendly language, the 700 page Handbook demystifies the law and provides readers with a practical understanding of how the law affects women.

In 2013, the original Handbook by Jalal was updated by the Pacific Regional Rights Resource Team (RRRT) of the Pacific Community (SPC) in the form of the Supplement to Law for Pacific Women: A Legal Rights Handbook (96 pages). Despite some good progress, the Supplement shows that there is much more work to be done before gender justice is fully achieved. The Handbook and Supplement are designed to be used together. Both are available free of charge here, with the compliments of the FWRM and RRRT. Download both in full.