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Law: Access to the Legal System: Afghanistan
(571 words)

With a well-defined judiciary in the constitution and jurisprudence composed of the Sharīʿa, Civil Code, and traditions of its ethnic groups, Afghanistan does not lack laws. Women's access to and ability to use the judicial system are mainly affected by lack of legal literacy, cultural pressure, and inadequate judicial infrastructure. The concept of claiming and taking rights does not exist in the society. Men and especially women believe rights are given to them. They seldom understand the rela…

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Gross, Nasrine, “Law: Access to the Legal System: Afghanistan”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 25 September 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0105a>
First published online: 2009

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