Women in Papua New Guinea’s Village Courts

Michael Goddard

Claims have been made in academic literature that women are disadvantaged, or mistreated, in Papua New Guinea’s village courts. These claims have the common theme that the male-dominated courts, particularly in the highlands, apply “custom” or “customary law” which discriminates against women. Reviewing research-based studies, other literature and his own research findings, the author suggests that, to the contrary, village courts are an important resource for aggrieved women with limited avenues for seeking justice and recompense.

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Submitted by Toksave
March 22, 2021
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