Engendering Human Rights: Cultural and Socio-Economic Realities in Africa (Comparative Feminist Studies Series)

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Engendering Human Rights explores the obstacles African women must overcome to obtain and protect their human rights. The essays in this important volume represent a varied group of distinguished scholars, activists, and practitioners, and incorporate gendered perspectives on the formulating, monitoring, reporting, and implementation of human rights in Africa and the African Diaspora in an age of globalization. Contributors tackle issues ranging from reproductive health and rights, immigration, religion, and ...

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Overview

Engendering Human Rights explores the obstacles African women must overcome to obtain and protect their human rights. The essays in this important volume represent a varied group of distinguished scholars, activists, and practitioners, and incorporate gendered perspectives on the formulating, monitoring, reporting, and implementation of human rights in Africa and the African Diaspora in an age of globalization. Contributors tackle issues ranging from reproductive health and rights, immigration, religion, and spousal abuse to cultural imperatives, legal and constitutional reforms, and the arts. Engendering Human Rights is an excellent resource for scholars in human rights, public health, literature, gender/women's studies, cultural studies, and African studies.

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"This book provides an important African perspective to the international debate and struggle for women's human rights. It focuses on social, economic and cultural rights of women, within a human rights framework, that has long been biased towards civil and political rights. The contributors' essays will lead to greater understanding of the gender dimensions of the human rights challenges faced by women in Africa, especially in areas dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, religious fundamentalism, violence and the rights of female children and adolescents. The book is essential reading for students and academics in Women's Studies, African Studies and International Studies as well as for human rights activists."—Professor Filomina Chioma Steady, Wellesley College

"A lucid contribution to human rights discourses that focuses on the concrete realities of gender and culture in Africa."—Francoise Lionnet UCLA, author of Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity.

"This is a work of considerable significance in terms of its concerns, scope and approaches. The materials which illuminate key gender perspectives to invigorate human rights interventions clearly demonstrate the unsustainability of the conventional dichotomy between the so-called generations of human rights in a context characterized by the material challenges that confront Africa."—Leslye Obiora, Professor of Law and Founder, Institute for Research on African Women, Children, and Culture (IRAWCC)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403967077
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 5/13/2005
  • Series: Comparative Feminist Studies
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Obioma Nnaemeka is a professor of French and women's studies at Indiana University, Indianapolis, and president of the Association of African Women Scholars.

Joy Ezeilo is a human rights lawyer and activist. She is the executive director of Women's Aid Collective.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Context(ure) of Human Rights—Joy Ezeilo & Obioma Nnaemeka * Part I: The Right to Health at the Intersection of Gender, Race and Class
• Apartheid and Health Professional Accountability: Violations of Reproductive Rights of Women—Jeannelle de Gruchy & Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven
• Take Me to the Village: African Women and the Dynamic of Health and Human Rights in Tanzania and Zimbabwe—Sekai Nzenza-Shand
• The Right to Reproductive Health in South African Constitution - A Real Victory for Women?—Loretta Feris
Part II: Sites of Struggle: Ther Personal in Political
• Women, Religion and Postmodernism—Nawal El Saadawi
• Women from the Maghrib and Sub-Saharan Africa in France: Fighting for Health and Basic Human Rights—Catherine Raissiguier
• Women's Rights as Human Rights: Re-Writing African Women's (Auto)biography—Mary Kolawale
Part III: The Rights of Female Children and Adolescents
• The Girl-Child in Africa: From Rhetoric to Action - Towards Economic Empowerment—Uche Ewelukwa
• Poverty, Adolescent Sexuality and the Shadow of AIDS: A Study of Female Motor Park Workers in Lagos, Nigeria—Stella Babalola & Pearl Nwashili
• Sociocultural Barriers to the Education of Kenyan Girls: Gender Discrimination and Sexual Violence in Secondary Schools—Kate L. Webster
Part IV: Violence Against Women: Invasions of Public and Private Spaces * The Impact of Human Rights Discourse on the Traditional Practice of Female Genital Mutilation—Corinne Packer
• Unveiling the Mask of Privacy: Protecting Survivors of Violence against Women in Kenya—Jean Kamau
• Wife Battery among Workers in a Nigerian University: Prevalence, Nature, and the Rights of Women—Mojisola Tiamiyu
Part V: In Search of Solutions * Female Genital Mutilation: Campaigns in Germany—Tobe Levin
• Readability of Children's Rights Documents: The LIASSO Experience—Nneka Osakwe & Ngozi Nwodo

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