Women's Human Rights by Niamh Reilly

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Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalising Age explores the emergence of transnational, UN-oriented, feminist advocacy for womens human rights, especially over the past three decades.

It identifies the main feminist influences that have shaped the movement liberal, radical, third world and cosmopolitan and exposes how the Western, legalist, state-centric, and liberal biases of mainstream human rights discourse impede the realisation of human rights in womens lives everywhere.

The book traces the evolution of the womens human rights movement through an examination of its key issues, debates, and practical interventions in international law and policy arenas. This includes efforts to:Develop global gender equality norms via the UN Womens ConventionFrame violence against women as a human rights issueAddress gender-based crimes in conflict situations, include women in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, and challenge new forms of militarismHighlight the gendered human rights dimensions of widening inequalities in a context of neo-liberal globalisationDevelop human rights responses to anti-feminist fundamentalist movements with a focus on reproductive and sexual rights

Ultimately, Women's Human Rights reaffirms a commitment to critically reinterpreted universal human rights principles and demonstrates the vital role that bottom-up, transnational movements play in making them a reality in women's lives.


About Niamh Reilly

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\Niamh Reilly is Senior Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Published April 23, 2013 by Polity. 217 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Gay & Lesbian, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction

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