Adolescent sex and ‘defilement’ in Malawi law and society

Show simple item record Kangaude, Godfrey Dalitso 2018-03-05T13:13:15Z 2018-03-05T13:13:15Z 2017
dc.description This article was first presented as a paper at the Colloquium on Adolescent Sexual Rights convened by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract During colonisation Malawi received a Western penal code, which included the ‘defilement’ provision, restricting males from sexually accessing girls below a specified age. Countries that maintain colonial age of consent provisions, including Malawi, have uncritically assumed that these laws serve the purpose of protecting girls and children from harm. This article examines the fundamental assumptions underlying the development of sections 138 and 160B of the Malawian Penal Code, and their historical and sociocultural origins. The article submits that these provisions serve the interests of adults and not those of children. They are inherently heterosexist, promote gender-stereotypical meanings of sexuality and potentially stigmatise the normative development of sexuality in children. Sections 138 and 160B need to be reviewed and aligned with Malawi’s commitments to promote gender equality and sexual health and the rights of children. en_ZA
dc.description.department Private Law en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2018 en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation GD Kangaude ‘Adolescent sex and “defilement” in Malawi law and society’ (2017) 17 African Human Rights Law Journal 529-551 10.17159/1996-2096/2017/v17n2a8. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1609-073X (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-2096 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.17159/1996-2096/2017/v17n2a8
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Pretoria University Law Press en_ZA
dc.rights Pretoria University Law Press. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. en_ZA
dc.subject Childhood sexuality en_ZA
dc.subject Child rights en_ZA
dc.subject Gender Equality Act en_ZA
dc.subject Age of consent en_ZA
dc.subject Malawi Penal Code en_ZA
dc.title Adolescent sex and ‘defilement’ in Malawi law and society en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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