Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective / Edition 1

Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective / Edition 1

by Marjorie Agosín
     
 

ISBN-10: 0813529832

ISBN-13: 9780813529837

Pub. Date: 09/01/2001

Publisher: Rutgers University Press

"This anthology adds strength and credence to the struggle for women's human rights. It reinforces the conviction that no society can prosper and no new world be born until the rights of women are fully protected and realized."-William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, USA

"The devastating commonalities and startling differences in women's

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"This anthology adds strength and credence to the struggle for women's human rights. It reinforces the conviction that no society can prosper and no new world be born until the rights of women are fully protected and realized."-William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International, USA

"The devastating commonalities and startling differences in women's oppression and activism around the world are keenly explored in this excellent anthology. Agosín's collection provokes a powerful reexamination of the human rights field."-Jacqueline Bhabha, Harvard University

"This moving anthology, masterfully compiled by poet and human rights activist Marjorie Agosín, is a must for scholars, students, and human rights workers; it also will captivate the general reader."-Elena O. Nightingale, scholar-in-residence, National Academy of Sciences

"Essential reading, Women, Gender, and Human Rights argues forcefully and convincingly that the elimination of gender-based violence and discrimination, so often ignored by governments and aid organizations, must be at the center of the struggle for social justice and human dignity in this new century."-Eric Stover, author of The Graves: Srebrenica and Vukovar

The 1948 United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights expresses the credo that all human beings are created free and equal. But not until 1995 did the United Nations declare women's rights to be human rights, and bring gender issues into the global arena for the first time. Women, Gender, and Human Rights is the first collection of essays encompassing a wide range of women's issues, including political and domestic violence, education, literacy, and reproductive rights. Most of the essays were written expressly for this volume by internationally known experts in the fields of government, bioethics, medicine, public affairs, literature, history, anthropology, law, and psychology.

Recipient of the Henrietta Szold Award by Hadassah (2001), the Gabriela Mistral Medal of Honor (2000), and the United Nations Leadership Award (1999), Marjorie Agosín is a professor of Spanish at Wellesley College. Among her books are A Map of Hope: Writings on Women and Human Rights and The Alphabet in My Hands (both by Rutgers University Press).

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813529837
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.74(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
ITheoretical Visions
Becoming Human: The Origins and Development of Women's Human Rights15
Indivisible or Invisible: Women's Human Rights in the Public and Private Sphere65
Women, Violence, and the Human Rights System83
Mainstreaming a Concern for the Human Rights of Women: Beyond Theory98
IIWomen and Health
Women's Health and Human Rights125
The Rights of the Girl Child152
Psychocultural Factors in the Adaptation of Immigrant Youth: Gendered Responses170
IIIWomen, Activism, and Social Change
Women's Rights as Human Rights: Women as Agents of Social Change191
The Forgotten Minority205
Degrees of Separation219
Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights in Muslim Societies234
Grassroots Organizations and Women's Human Rights: Meeting the Challenge of the Local-Global Link246
IVWomen and the Cultures of Displacement
"What Was She Doing There?": Women as "Legitimate Targets"267
How Long Does Exile Last?283
Letters of the Law: Women, Human Rights, and Epistolary Literature289
Before the Mirror312
About the Contributors323
Index327
About the Editor340

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