Research

Cultural Transformation in Africa: Legal, Theological, and Human Rights Perspectives

Project Description

An exploration of cultural transformation in Africa, with particular emphasis on the improvement of women's rights to and control over land as a vital economic resource and vindication of second generation rights.

Project Accomplishments
  • Roundtable conferences in Atlanta (1996) and in Cape Town, South Africa (1997, co-organized with the Center for African Studies of the University of Cape Town), summarized in  Emory International Law Review 11 (1997): 287-349
  • Women and Land website
  • Islam and Human Rights website
Sponsors

The Ford Foundation

Directors
Other Participants
  • Hussaina J. Abdullah, Nigeria
  • Winnie Bikaako, Uganda
  • Elise-Henriette Bikie, Cameroon
  • Florence Butegwa, Uganda
  • Martin Chanock, La Trobe University, Australia
  • Patrice Bigombe Logo, Cameroon
  • Liazzat Bonate, Mozambique
  • Paulito Angelo Coutinho, Mozambique
  • Gemechu Degefa, Ethiopia
  • Jeffrey Hammond, Emory University
  • Ibrahim Hamza, Nigeria
  • Vasco Filipe Macudo, Mozambique
  • Geunet Meteke, Ethiopia
  • Makau wa Mutua, State University of New York, Buffalo
  • Annie Kairaba, Rwanda
  • John Muyenzi, Rwanda
  • Celestine Nyamu-Musembi, Kenya
  • Akinyi Nzioki, Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • Issa G. Shivji, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • John Ssenkumba, Uganda
  • Mouhamadou Sy, Senegal
  • Ngone Diop Tine, Senegal

Project Publications

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"The Contingent Universality of Human Rights: The Case of Freedom of Expression in African and Islamic Contexts," Emory International Law Review, Vol. 11 (1997): 29-66 Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa, Zed Books, 2002 Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
Women and Land in Africa: Culture, Religion, and Realizing Women's Rights, Zed Books, 2003 L. Muthoni Wanyeki
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