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‘Justice in Rural South Africa’ talk in Peterborough Thursday

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Tuesday, June 19, 2018 4:58PM

Assistant Professor Sindiso Mnisi Weeks of UMass/Boston plans to give a presentation on access to justice and human security in rural South Africa at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough Thursday, June 21, at 6 p.m.,

The presentation is part of the Mariposa’s continuing explorations of equity and justice issues relating to “Conscience of the Human Spirit,” the museum’s current installation of story quilts honoring the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela.

Dr. Mnisi Weeks, who resides in Nashua, recently published a book exploring how human insecurity, low cooperation between traditional and state authorities, and profoundly gendered social relations and distrust create an environment in which violence is a predictable strategy for managing disputes. She proposes a cooperative governance model that would increase the capacity of traditional and state mechanisms to deliver legal and social justice – and the peace and relief from violence, poverty, and destitution that rural people truly need.

Dr. Mnisi Weeks has published in academic and popular media on customary law, women’s rights, cultural rights, and governance issues. She has served as a senior researcher in the Centre for Law and Society at the University of Cape Town where she worked on the Rural Women’s Action-Research program, combining research, advocacy, and policy work on women, property, and governing authority under customary law. In 2013-14 she was a resident scholar at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

Admission to this event is $10 (free to Mariposa members).

“Conscience of the Human Spirit,” an exhibit of 51 quilts created by members of the Women of Color Quilters Network, will be on display at the Mariposa – its final stop on a multi-year international tour – through July 1st.