Women's Human Rights: Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalising Age explores the emergence of transnational, UN-oriented, feminist advocacy for womens human rights, especially over the past three decades.
It identifies the main feminist influences that have shaped the movement liberal, radical, third world and cosmopolitan and exposes how the Western, legalist, state-centric, and liberal biases of mainstream human rights discourse impede the realisation of human rights in womens lives everywhere.
The book traces the evolution of the womens human rights movement through an examination of its key issues, debates, and practical interventions in international law and policy arenas. This includes efforts to:
Develop global gender equality norms via the UN Womens Convention
Frame violence against women as a human rights issue
Address gender-based crimes in conflict situations, include women in conflict resolution and post-conflict reconstruction, and challenge new forms of militarism
Highlight the gendered human rights dimensions of widening inequalities in a context of neo-liberal globalisation
Develop human rights responses to anti-feminist fundamentalist movements with a focus on reproductive and sexual rights
Ultimately, Women's Human Rights reaffirms a commitment to critically reinterpreted universal human rights principles and demonstrates the vital role that bottom-up, transnational movements play in making them a reality in women's lives.
Niamh Reilly is Senior Lecturer in Women's Studies at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Acknowledgements viii List of acronyms and abbreviations x 1 Women's Human Rights Advocacy 1 2 Human Rights, Gender and Contested Meanings 22 3 Women's Human Rights as Equality and Non-Discrimination 44 4 Violence and Reproductive Health as Human Rights Issues 69 5 Women's Human Rights in Conflict and Post-Conflict Transformation 93 6 Development, Globalization and Women's Human Rights 116 7 Fundamentalisms and Women's Human Rights 140 8 Conclusion 160 Notes 167 Bibliography 176 Index 194