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The Paradox of Multicultural Vulnerability: Gender Justice and COVID-19 in Ethiopia

*By Temelso Gashaw Getahun

 

“The world's most popular man reaches 80 and ponders buying a wife in exchange for 60 cows.” This was how Nelson Mandela's marriage had headlined by the Western media in 1998. Mandela’s prioritization of constitutionally recognized local customary legal system of marriage had led to the questioning of his struggle for freedom which is an aspirational experience to the world. Such imprudent characterization of indigenous law and institutions stems from the conception that all customary and religious laws are an affront to the rights of women.

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