Author

 
Elena Moore

Elena Moore

Elena Moore is in the University of Cape Town’s sociology department and is the director of the Families and Societies Research Unit at the Centre for Social Science Research as well as the National Research Foundation’s acting chair in customary law, human rights and indigenous values.
    Human rights and cultural practices
    Human rights and cultural practices
    ‘The law is the way it is. If you try to apply it directly to tradition, you will find that it is not a perfect fit and will affect a lot of...
    Customary wives in fight against marital abuse
    Customary wives in fight against marital abuse
    Meko and Sandiswa, both in their late 40s, have been part of a customary marriage for more than 15 years. Meko is violent and very controlling...
    Customary law can pose problems for widows
    Customary law can pose problems for widows
    ‘I am not the first that this has happened to. Which is why I am fired up and encouraged by the spirits of all the widows who have been marginalised by patriarchal in-laws in moments of grief and stripped of their dignity and the very basic need to grieve.”...