Gender challenges for international human rights

Authored by: Andrew Byrnes

Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law

Print publication date:  December  2013
Online publication date:  August  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415620734
eBook ISBN: 9780203481417
Adobe ISBN: 9781135055943


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This chapter provides an overview of some of the major developments that gender analysis and activism has stimulated in international human rights law in the last four decades. Feminist activists, scholars and advocates have argued that the ‘mainstream’ human rights system is androcentric in substance and practice, and have challenged it to deliver on its promises to guarantee rights for all humans, to expand its coverage to gendered patterns of violations that have been neglected by it, and to re-examine the conceptual limitations which have led to those failures.

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