Structure and Agency in the Politics of a Women's Rights Coalition in South Africa: The Making of the South African Sexual Offences Act, 2007

 

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dc.contributor.author Hodes, Rebecca
dc.contributor.author Thorpe, Jennifer
dc.contributor.author Stern, Orly
dc.date.accessioned 2016-04-28T10:32:15Z
dc.date.available 2016-04-28T10:32:15Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Hodes, R., Thorpe, J., & Stern, O. (2011). Structure and agency in the politics of a women’s rights coalition in South Africa: the making of the South African Sexual Offences Act, 2007. Development Leadership Program, Research Paper, 13. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19286
dc.description.abstract How do women’s rights groups campaign for vital institutional reform of archaic laws on sexual violence in new democracies? How can they best ‘work politically’ to achieve positive outcomes? What lessons are there for donors and supporters? The National Working Group on Sexual Offences (NWGSO), established to influence the progressive reform of national rape laws, became the largest civil society coalition to have collaborated on law reform in South Africa. It emerged at a time of profound change to South Africa’s political settlement, and was a product of the new political processes that unfolded in the early years of the democratic transition. This research paper uses findings from a study of this women’s coalition to demonstrate how civil society coalitions may draw on and expand their elite networks and exploit political and institutional arrangements to build developmental partnerships. It examines the strategies used by the coalition to broaden its support base and to achieve its objectives, as well as the factors influencing those areas where the coalition was less successful. In analysing the successes and setbacks of this groundbreaking coalition, this study offers lessons for civil society leaders, policy makers and developmental partners in how best to support developmental coalitions and strengthen their capacity to promote long-term, sustainable social change. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.title Structure and Agency in the Politics of a Women's Rights Coalition in South Africa: The Making of the South African Sexual Offences Act, 2007 en_ZA
dc.type Working Paper en_ZA
dc.date.updated 2016-04-28T08:11:22Z
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Research paper en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Humanities en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Centre for Social Science Research(CSSR) en_ZA
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