What are the global challenges of the twenty-first century? All over the world, women and girls are being denied their social, economic, political and civil rights, Geraldine Terry, seeks to expose this structural discrimination across a range of areas where it occurs.
Denial of women's equality occurs in education, access to public services, in reaping benefits from trade and in domestic violence. Increasingly too, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa has become linked to the denial of rights to women. By looking at positive examples of women acting to transform inequalities and oppression by asserting their rights, Terry argues that sponsoring women's rights is not only a moral issue but also an efficient way to pursue poverty reduction.
The Small Guides to Big Issues series de-bunks myths and raises questions about the global economic and political system and how it works. They are designed for campaigners and activists, students and researchers, and anyone interested in looking behind the headlines. Produced in partnership with Oxfam, each book provides an informative and thought-provoking guide to current trends and debates, and what needs to happen in order to end poverty and injustice.
Geraldine Terry is based at the University of East Anglia, Norwich conducting post-graduate research, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, on gendered perceptions of, and responses to, climate risk in Uganda. She is the author of Women's Rights (Pluto, 2007).
Acknowledgements Abbreviations 1. Interconnections 2. Women's human rights - a closer look 3. The Threat of Cultural Relativism 4. Not a Fax from Heaven 5. The Podium and the Polling Booth 6. Women's Economic Rights in a Globalising World 7. Sowing a Seed: The Right to Education 8. The Violence against Women Pandemic 9. Women's rights abuses help to spread HIV/AIDS 10. The Future is already happening Notes Index