Women's Rights: A Human Rights Quarterly Reader

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This interdisciplinary collection from the Human Rights Quarterly brings together in a single volume nineteen of the most compelling articles written on women's human rights issues. For the past twenty-five years, Human Rights Quarterly has been a leading publisher of important work in human rights research, exploring the fundamental nature of human rights as defined by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By providing decision makers with insight into complex human rights issues, the journal helps to define national and international human rights policy.

This special issue focuses specifically on the challenges that women face and the efforts by individuals and organizations alike to ensure the protection of women under international law. The articles are organized into five sections that discuss the history and evolution of women's human rights, religion, violence, economic rights, and reproductive rights. The essays address such topics as the rights of Middle Eastern women, rape camps in the former Yugoslavia, and abortion law in Ireland.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801883743
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 4/1/2006
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Bert B. Lockwood is Editor-in-Chief of Human Rights Quarterly and a professor of law and Director of the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Becoming human : the origins and development of women's human rights 3
Ch. 2 Women's rights as human rights : toward a re-vision of human rights 57
Ch. 3 Human rights : a feminist perspective 70
Ch. 4 The gender of Jus Cogens 87
Ch. 5 Enemies or allies? : feminism and cultural relativism as dissident voices in human rights discourse 101
Ch. 6 The human rights of Middle Eastern and Muslim women : a project for the twenty-first century 133
Ch. 7 Post-colonialism, gender, customary injustice : widows in African societies 152
Ch. 8 Gendered states : rethinking culture as a site of South Asian human rights work 214
Ch. 9 Women's voices, women's pain 243
Ch. 10 Women, war, and rape : challenges facing the international tribunal for the former Yugoslavia 270
Ch. 11 Rape camps as a means of ethnic cleansing : religious, cultural, and ethical responses to rape victims in the former Yugoslavia 311
Ch. 12 Surfacing children : limitations of genocidal rape discourse 342
Ch. 13 Rights talk and the experience of law : implementing women's human rights the protection from violence 393
Ch. 14 Used, abused, arrested, and deported : extending immigration benefits to protect the victims of trafficking and to secure the prosecution of traffickers 431
Ch. 15 Measuring women's economic and social rights achievement 485
Ch. 16 The impact of structural adjustment on women : a governance and human rights agenda 520
Ch. 17 Human rights dynamics of abortion law reform 557
Ch. 18 Debating reproductive rights in Ireland 613
Ch. 19 China to CEDAW : an update on population policy 639
App Text of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women 667
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