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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
programme last update: 23 August 2019
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 2.104

Looking for women's justice in the Circles of Women. A legal-anthropological approach.



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The presentation's main objective is to introduce a feminine model of justice built on an empirical pilot research study of women’s empowerment groups: circles of women in Poland. CW also known as red tents or women’s hut of healing power, existed in different indigenous traditions. Women were getting together during a menstruation during full moon to go through changes in their bodies together. This idea inspired women around the world so CW become a grassroot activity to share their experiences, support and heal each other. A model of how women experience justice and power during the group process in the CW is utilized to build a theory of the feminine approach to the concept of justice framed by the legal - anthropological approach of living law. (Ehrlich 1922, Petrażycki, 1959).This is to frame the intuitive process of restoring justice on women's own rules.The concept of living law highlights bottom-up social processes as part of an intuitively recognized law (Petrazycki, 1957), a part of the current behaviour of people, which is dynamic and fluid, like a river capturing the freshness of social processes (Ehrlich, 1922). The main result of the presentation shows that CW as the empowering practice reformulates the classic understanding of justice giving them a feminine meaning. In particular, women by going through a process of healing, build their own sense of justice based on the restorative way of thinking where one meets the truth in the condition of receiving care and support by community members.