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Law and Modernity Reading Botswana`s women apply two generations of compensatory claims against men who are considered as their husbands, for property rights, maintenance and pregnancy. The forums that address the issues raised by women have a link with power networks and non-legal strategies. However, women powers to apply networks and non-legal strategies face limitations among those who receive salaries. In this country, the connection between people in the rural and the urban is considered as a crucial strategy for the survival of families. Most families depend on cattle, crops and wages to earn a living.
Peoples` negotiation power depends on how well they are situated regarding network-related activities, as well as the discourse they are likely to employ. Women are affected more by gender where their ability to control and access resources is limited. Ability to buy farm inputs such as seedlings determines the level of land use to their advantage. Failure to have considerable education levels is a challenge to women who most of the time suffer due ignorance. They are not aware or informed of where to take their grievances such as rights denial by their husband. It is unfortunate that most of the cases concerning family negligence particularly related to pregnancy do not go beyond the chiefs` office.
The Magistrate`s court and Chiefs kgotla represent varying forums referred to as the legal pluralism. This has been contested because it is related with the law`s centralist model. Legal pluralism analysis forms the role and determines how discourse is constructed to transcend the boundaries of an institution. Analysis of legal pluralism including discourse explains problems faced by women and transcends institutional boundaries. This provides information concerning neutrality, equality and their effect on the legal domain. Gender places men and women in varying positions concerning resources and family life. It has an influence on economic and social divisions to the disadvantage of the women.

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