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Finally, instead of trying to fit women’s needs into a standard legal claim, the appeal of the participatory method was viewed as more important than getting a perfect legal document attached to the Constitution. In other words, participation was legitimated as an independent value that overshadowed the significance of achieving consensus on even controversial issues. Process was not just important to the end result, it rather became recognized as a normative claim in and of itself. Indeed, the right to participate in decisionmaking affecting their lives was translated into one of the most significant rights claimed by women.

Legal disputes over pregnancy and affirmative action are ready examples of the issues that gave rise to this focus, but violence against women also generates a discussion of why women are subjected to male violence to the degree that they are, and what kind of responses in law are required to take account of that phenomenon. This is familiar terrain for the women’s movement in Canada. The terrain had shifted in an earthquake-like fashion by the 1990s. This was the period in which the women’s movement was identified as a source of oppression for women.

The Malibongwe meeting is described as a ‘watershed’ in the history of women in South Africa and in the ANC in particular, because the women’s concerns were ‘legitimated as political issues to be addressed within the process of national liberation’ (Memo dated 20/01/90, 30 Women Making Constitutions summarizing the Conference and the resolutions that were passed. This and conference papers on file with the author). The purpose was to integrate women’s emancipation into the national liberation struggle but gender oppression and exploitation were explained by an analysis of Apartheid and capitalism alone.

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