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Gender equality and sexual orientation discrimination

Smith, Karen E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2651-7193 (2020) Gender equality and sexual orientation discrimination. In: Smith, Karen E. and Verlin Laatikainen, Katie, (eds.) Group Politics in UN Multilateralism. Diplomatic Studies. Brill Academic Publishers, Leiden, NL, 159 - 176. ISBN 9789004384392

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Identification Number: 10.1163/9789004384446_010


This article assesses the impact of ‘group politics’ in the particularly contentious debates of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly regarding gender equality and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. The article identifies those groups that have been most active in the debates, and then analyses how and why they have shaped debates and norms in this area, how they interact with each other, and whether groups help to facilitate consensus or foster polarization in debates. The article examines the extent to which these groups are cohesive, and identifies the norms that each group puts forward in debates (through statements and resolutions). It then assesses and explains their impact on outcomes, the creation of shared norms and the potential for collective action. It further explores the implications of increasing cross-regional group activity in the Human Rights Council.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2020 Koninklijke Brill NV
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 07 Apr 2020 08:27
Last Modified: 16 Oct 2021 23:05

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