Where Human Rights Begin / Edition 1

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Overview

More than a decade ago, three landmark world conferences placed the human rights of women on the international agenda. The first, in Vienna, officially extended the definition of human rights to include a woman's right to self-determination and equality. A year later, in Cairo, this concept was elaborated to deal explicitly with issues of sexuality and procreation. Subsequently, at a conference in Beijing, the international community committed to a wide range of practical interventions to advance women's sexual, social, political, and economic rights.
Despite these accomplishments, we find ourselves at an ever more difficult juncture in the struggle to fully realize women's rights as human rights. Complications, such as terrorism and "the war" against it, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the incursion of religious fundamentalism into governments, and the U.S. government's retreat from the international agenda on sexual and reproductive rights have raised questions about the direction of policy implementations and have prevented straightforward progress.
This timely collection brings together eight wide-reaching and provocative essays that examine the practical and theoretical issues of sexual and reproductive health policy and implementation.

Wendy Chavkin is a professor of clinical public health and obstretics/gynecology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Ellen Chesler is a senior fellow at the Open Society Institute, the international foundation supported by George Soros. OSI sponsored the fellowship program that made this project possible.

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Editorial Reviews

president, The Brookings Institution - Strobe Talbott

Global in scope, sound in marshalling the evidence, eloquent in advocacy, this book offers a comprehensive, compelling source of wisdom-not just on why women deserve justice, but on why they must be empowered if humanity as a whole is to prevail against the challenges it faces.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813536576
  • Publisher: Rutgers University Press
  • Publication date: 10/17/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author


Wendy Chavkin is a professor of clinical public health and obstetrics/gynecology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Ellen Chesler is a senior fellow at the Open Society Institute, the international foundation supported by George Soros. OSI sponsored the fellowship program that made this project possible.
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Table of Contents

Foreword ix
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction 1
Not Culture But Gender: Reconceptualizing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting 35
Women's Reproductive and Sexual Rights and the Offense of Zina in Muslim Laws in Nigeria 65
Uganda: HIV/AIDS and Reproductive Health 95
Mapping the Contours: Reproductive Health and Rights and Sexual Health and Rights in India 127
The Politics of Abortion in Mexico: The Paradox of Doble Discurso 154
Sexual-Reproductive Health and Rights: What about Men? 180
Maximizing the Impact of Cairo on China 204
International Human Rights from the Ground Up: The Potential for Subnational, Human Rights-Based Reproductive Health Advocacy in the United States 235
Conclusion 270
Notes on Contributors 291
Index 295
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