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This chapter will explore the South African Constitution, and more particularly, the Bill of Rights, as a vehicle for social and economic transformation. By analyzing the provisions relating to gender equality in South Africa's Constitution, as well as decisions of the Constitutional Court, this chapter will examine whether theconstitutional rights framework in South Africa contains within it the transformative possibilities that will lead to gender equality in all spheres of South African society, and particularly in the economic sphere.


Imagine All the Women: Power, Gender and the Transformative Possibilities of the South African Constitution, chapter 11 in POWER, GENDER AND SOCIAL CHANGE IN AFRICA, Muno Ndalo & Margaret Grieco, eds., 2009