Gender und Recht. Innovative Forschungskonzepte im südlichen Afrika
Entwicklungsethnologie 14.2005:193-210

##Gender and law. Innovntive research concepts in Southern Africa
Women´s rights play an ambiguous role in development cooperation. On the one hand legal structures prevent The equal participation of women in development programmes. On the other hand women´s rights can be an important resource for structural change and improvements of their living conditions. This paper presents the innovative research concept of the Women and Law in Southern Africa Research Trust (WLSA), an interdisciplinary and regional network of female researchers. Their participatory methods, their ´living law´ concept and their two-pronged strategy of political lobbying and practical approaches are analysed.##

Keywords: women´s rights, development and women, rights of women