Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives / Edition 1

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Rebecca J. Cook and the contributors to this volume seek to analyze how international human rights law applies specifically to women in various cultures worldwide, and to develop strategies to promote equitable application of human rights law at the international, regional, and domestic levels. Their essays present a compelling mixture of reports and case studies from various regions in the world, combined with scholarly assessments of international law as these rights specifically apply to women.

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Editorial Reviews

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"The multiple perspectives offered by this collection of eminently readable and interesting papers make it a valuable resource for upper-division classes in women's studies, international relations, and international law."—Choice

"The book's embrace is gigantic. . . . Not only will Human Rights of Women appeal to a wide audience, it should be read by everyone who has any interest in human rights."—Gender and Development

"A brave, honest, and invigorating text."—Journal of Law and Society

"Impressive . . . an exemplary volume."—American Journal of International Law

"This volume is sure to become the standard text on the international law of women's rights."—International Journal

"The essays present a compelling mixture of reports and case studies from various regions in the world, combined with scholarly assessments of various aspects of international law as these rights specifically apply to women. The book addresses multiple and overlapping agendas."—Studies on Women Abstracts

"The strength of the book lies not only in the extensive coverage of the theme and in its interdisciplinary approach but also in the fact that all the contributions are extremely well documented and the book contains informative appendices."—European Journal of International Law

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812215380
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 656
  • Sales rank: 1,493,789
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.36 (d)

Meet the Author

Rebecca J. Cook is Associate Professor (Research) in the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.
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Table of Contents

1 Women's International Human Rights Law: The Way Forward 3
2 To Bellow like a Cow: Women, Ethnicity, and the Discourse of Rights 39
3 What are "Women's International Human Rights"? 58
4 State Responsibility Goes Private: A Feminist Critique of the Public/Private Distinction in International Human Rights Law 85
5 Intimate Terror: Understanding Domestic Violence as Torture 116
6 Why Rethinking the Sovereign State is Important for Women's International Human Rights Law 153
7 State Responsibility Under International Human Rights Law to Change Religious and Customary Laws 167
8 Toward More Effective Enforcement of Women's Human Rights Through the Use of International Human Rights Law and Procedures 189
9 State Accountability Under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 228
10 Toward a More Effective Guarantee of the Enjoyment of Human Rights by Women in the Inter-American System 257
11 Toward a More Effective Guarantee of Women's Rights in the African Human Rights System 285
12 African Women's Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights - Toward a Relevant Theory and Practice 307
13 Domestic Violence as an International Human Rights Issue 326
14 The Developing Approaches of the International Commission of Jurists to Women's Human Rights 340
15 General Approaches to Domestic Application of Women's International Human Rights Law 351
16 Obstacles to Women's Rights in India 375
17 Challenges to the Application of International Women's Human Rights in the Sudan 397
18 The Impact of Structural Adjustment Programs on Women's International Human Rights: The Example of Ghana 422
19 Canadian Approaches to Equality Rights and Gender Equity in the Courts 437
20 Equality in the Home: Women's Rights and Personal Laws in South Asia 465
21 Using the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights to Secure Women's Access to Land in Africa 495
22 Reproductive Rights as Human Rights: The Colombian Case 515
23 The Use of International Human Rights Norms to Combat Violence Against Women 532
Appendix A. Chart of Ratifications of Selected Human Rights Instruments 573
Appendix B. Model Communication Form 587
Appendix C. Organizational Resources 591
List of Contributors 597
Table of Cases 601
Index 607
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