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

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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: 9/1/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.74 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
I Theoretical Visions
Becoming Human: The Origins and Development of Women's Human Rights 15
Indivisible or Invisible: Women's Human Rights in the Public and Private Sphere 65
Women, Violence, and the Human Rights System 83
Mainstreaming a Concern for the Human Rights of Women: Beyond Theory 98
II Women and Health
Women's Health and Human Rights 125
The Rights of the Girl Child 152
Psychocultural Factors in the Adaptation of Immigrant Youth: Gendered Responses 170
III Women, Activism, and Social Change
Women's Rights as Human Rights: Women as Agents of Social Change 191
The Forgotten Minority 205
Degrees of Separation 219
Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights in Muslim Societies 234
Grassroots Organizations and Women's Human Rights: Meeting the Challenge of the Local-Global Link 246
IV Women 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 Literature 289
Before the Mirror 312
About the Contributors 323
Index 327
About the Editor 340
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