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Regional Discourses on Society and History

Shaping the Caribbean

Edited By Jerome Teelucksingh and Shane Pantin

This book thematically analyses and surveys areas of Caribbean history and society. The work is divided into three parts: part one addresses migration and identity; part two explores policy and development; and part three explores music and literature. The volume places a fresh perspective on these topics. The essays depart from the usual broader themes of politics, economics and society and provide a deeper insight into forces that left a decisive legacy on aspects of the Caribbean region. Such contributions come at a time when some of the Caribbean territories are marking over 50 years as independent nation states and attempting to create, understand and forge ways of dealing with critical national and regional issues. The volume brings together a broad group of scholars writing on Caribbean issues including postgraduate students, lecturers, and researchers. Each chapter is thematically divided into the aforementioned areas. This book addresses areas much deeper than the linear historical and social science models, and it offers Caribbean academics and researchers a foundation for further research.

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6. Engendering Justice for Women (Rose-Marie Belle Antoine)

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6. Engendering Justice for Women

Rose-Marie Belle Antoine

Engendering means examining the gender dimensions of justice, or if one wishes, promoting justice. In this regard, the concern is to ground this subject in the perspective of labour law and broader concerns of governance while responding to an underlying question—is Justice blind to gender? A problem in gender inequality is its enduring invisibility which can be uncovered through an interrogation of the increasingly important legal discipline of economic, social and cultural rights, in particular, labour rights and the right to health, with a view to identifying the often hidden, or avoided gender dimensions of law and practice in this arena.

These issues of gender intersect with contemporary issues and developments in the region. They include, for example, the rise of the informal sector, continually rendered precarious for women and minorities; and the concern for accessing sexual and reproductive rights in general and in specific paradigms, such as initiatives to increase the age of consent and prevailing attitudes to women’s empowerment. Justice can indeed be seen to be blind as it often is unaware of, or chooses to ignore, these paradigms of inequity. Law is multi-layered and it is noted that one layer is made up of structural paradigms or under-layers which courts must be able to uncover. In some instances, such issues overlap, for example, the discrimination against women who are also minorities, or racially marginalised groups with respect to their access to work,...

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