This is the second session for day 2.
Many communities across the Pacific islands region write down their own ‘customary’ or ‘local’ rules and regulations in the form of what are called customary or community laws, by-laws, constitutions or even ordinances (referred to collectively as ‘community laws’). This has a long history in many places, particularly during the colonial period, but has intensified in recent years and is taking different forms in different places. A number of national and provincial governments in the region have also recently initiated efforts to document and even codify local customary laws.
Day 2/Session 2: Gendered dimensions, the codification of custom
Safua Akeli Amaama- Navigating CEDAW obligations and ‘custom’ in Samoa
Jojiana Cokanasiga- Codifying custom and the situtation of women in a Fijian village setting Presentation
Mema Motusaga- Village By-Laws in Samoa and the incusion of women and persons with disability
Roshika Deo- Fiji’s Gender Equality Commitments and the iTaukei Village (General) By-Law, 2016 Presentation
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