The Role of Women’s Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws

Nana Akua Anyidoho, Gordon Crawford, Peace Medie

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Abstract

Whether social movements can catalyse change has preoccupied researchers; yet, the question of how such change can be created is equally important. Specifically, there has been little investigation of how women’s movements engage in the process of implementation of women’s rights laws. The Domestic Violence Coalition, a collective of women’s rights organizations in Ghana, was instrumental to the passage of the Domestic Violence Act in 2007, and this study investigates how the Coalition subsequently attempted to influence implementation of the Act. Drawing from social movement literature, we applied an analytical framework consisting of three internal factors (strategies, movement infrastructure, and framing) and two external factors (political context and support of allies) that could have mediated the Coalition’s impact on implementation, and assessed their relative significance. The findings are that changes in the movement infrastructure were the most significant in explaining relative ineffectiveness, adversely affecting the Coalition’s ability to employ effective strategies and take advantage of a conducive political context and the presence of allies. This article advances the literature on rights advocacy by women’s movements by analyzing the challenges in translating success in policy adoption into implementation, and by explaining the relative lack of impact of women’s movements on implementation processes.
Original languageEnglish
Article number1
Pages (from-to)(In-press)
Number of pages31
JournalPolitics & Gender
Volume(In-press)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Jun 2019

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Keywords

  • Social movements, women's movements, domestic violence, women's rights, policy implementation

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  • Social Sciences(all)

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Anyidoho, N. A., Crawford, G., & Medie, P. (Accepted/In press). The Role of Women’s Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws. Politics & Gender, (In-press), (In-press). [1].

The Role of Women’s Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws. / Anyidoho, Nana Akua; Crawford, Gordon; Medie, Peace.

In: Politics & Gender, Vol. (In-press), 1, 12.06.2019, p. (In-press).

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Anyidoho, Nana Akua ; Crawford, Gordon ; Medie, Peace. / The Role of Women’s Movements in the Implementation of Gender-Based Violence Laws. In: Politics & Gender. 2019 ; Vol. (In-press). pp. (In-press).
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