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Women's Rights, Human Rights International Feminist Perspectives

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ISBN-10: 0415909953

ISBN-13: 9780415909952

Edition: 1995

Authors: J. S. Peters, Andrea Wolper

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Under democracy and dictatorship, in times of war and times of peace, women's human rights are violated daily and often systematically. Women may be denied the right to vote or hold office. They may be subjected to rape and sexual abuse by soldiers, police, employers, family members. They may not be free to choose when or whom to marry, or how many children to have and when to have them. The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaims that "all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights." Yet women's freedom, dignity and equality are persistently compromised by law and by custom in ways that men's are not. The mere extension of existing human rights protection to women is insufficient: women's rights must be understood as human rights. Women's Rights, Human Rightspromises to be the most comprehensive and important book available on the subject of women's human rights worldwide. It includes contributions by activists, journalists,lawyers and scholars from twenty-one countries. The essays map the directions the movement for women's human rights is taking--and will take in the coming decades-- and the concomitant transformation of prevailing notions of rights and issues. The volume addresses such topics as the rapes in former Yugoslavia and efforts to see that a War Crimes Tribunal responds; domestic violence; trafficking of women into the sex trade; the persecution of lesbians; female genital mutilation; and reproductive rights. Women's Rights, Human Rightsprovides original and much-needed perspectives that will take the crucial issue of women's human rights through the nineties and beyond while articulating new agendas for dealing with them. Contributors:Charlotte Bunch, Gloria Careaga Pérez, Hilary Charlesworth, Rebecca J. Cook, Rhonda Copelon, Julie Dorf, Siobhan Dowd, Marsha Freeman, Elisabeth Friedman, Pamela Goldberg, Lori Heise, Rhoda E. Howard, Indira Jaising, NatalieHevener Kaufman, Jasmina Kuzmanovic, Liza Largoza-Maza, Stefanie A. Lindquist, Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Brigitte Mabandla, Julie Mertus, Akram Mirhosseini, Koki Muli, Ilka Tanya Payan, Hnin Hnin Pyne, Arati Rao, Huda A. Seif, Carmel Shalev, Elissavet Stamatopoulou, Maria Suarez Toro, Donna Sullivan, Dorothy Q. Thomas, Nahid Toubia, Sima Wali, Nadia H. Youssef, Zhu Hong
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Book details

Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 12/14/1994
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Transforming Human Rights from a Feminist Perspective
Women's Human Rights: The Emergence of a Movement
Women's Rights and the United Nations
Violence Against Women: The Indian Perspective
Legacies of Invisibility: Past Silence, Present Violence Against Women in the Former Yugoslavia
The Medium Term Philippine Development Plan Toward the Year 2000: Filipino Women's Issues and Perspectives
Women in South Africa and the Constitution-Making Process
After the Revolution: Violations of Women's Human Rights in Iran
"Help Me Balance the Load": Gender Discrimination in Kenya
Women's Human Rights in the United States: An Immigrant's Perspective
Women in Israel: Fighting Tradition
The Testimony of Women Writers: The Situation of Women in China Today
Human Rights as Men's Rights
Critiquing Gender-Neutral Treaty Language: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
The Public/Private Distinction in International Human Rights Law
State Discriminatory Family Law and Customary Abuses
The Human Rights of Women in the Family: Issues and Recommendations for Implementation of the Women's Convention
The Politics of Gender and Culture in International Human Rights Discourse
Cultural Particularism as a Bar to Women's Rights: Reflections on the Middle Eastern Experience
Popularizing Women's Human Rights at the Local Level: A Grassroots Methodology for Setting the International Agenda
Gendered War Crimes: Reconceptualizing Rape in Time of War
AIDS and Gender Violence: the Enslavement of Burmese Women in the Thai Sex Industry
Female Genital Mutilation
Freedom Close to Home: The Impact of Violence Against Women on Reproductive Rights
International Human Rights and Women's Reproductive Health
Women's Access to Productive Resources: The Need for Legal Instruments to Protect Women's Development Rights
Contextualizing Gender and Labor: Class, Ethnicity, and Global Politics in the Yemeni Socio-Economy
Women's Rights and the Right to Development
Women and the Word: The Silencing of the Feminine
Discrimination and the Tolerance of Difference: International Lesbian Human Rights
Human Rights for Refugee and Displaced Women
Where in the World is There Safety for Me?: Women Fleeing Gender-Based Persecution