Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives

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Julie Peters, Andrea Wolper
Psychology Press, 1995 - Social Science - 372 pages
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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 Rights 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 Rights provides 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.
 

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This is a well written collection of essays detailing accounts of all different forms of discrimination against women, and ways to stop it-suggested by the author or already stated by the world community. I found it very helpful and an eye-opener for how much I take for granted as a woman.

Contents

Acknowledgments
1
Transforming Human Rights from a Feminist
11
The Emergence of
18
Womens Rights and the United Nations
36
The Indian
51
Past Silence Present Violence
57
Women in South Africa and the ConstitutionMaking
67
Gender Discrimination
78
The Politics of Gender and Culture in International
167
Reconceptualizing Rape in Time
197
the Enslavement of Burmese
215
Female Genital MutilationNahid Toubia
224
International Human Rights and Womens
256
The Need
279
Class Ethnicity
289
Womens Rights and the Right to Development
301

Fighting TraditionCartnel Shalev
89
The Situation
96
Human Rights as Mens RightsHilary Charlesworth
103
The PublicPrivate Distinction in International Human
126
State Discriminatory Family Law and Customary
135
Issues
149
The Silencing of
317
Human Rights for Refugee and Displaced
335
Women
345
Conclusion Dorothy Q Thomas
356
Index
367
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