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Between the margins and the mainstream: the case of women’s rights

Charlesworth, Hilary and Chinkin, Christine (2019) Between the margins and the mainstream: the case of women’s rights. In: Fassbender, Bardo and Traisbach, Knut, (eds.) The Limits of Human Rights. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, 205 - 222. ISBN 9780198824756

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Identification Number: 10.1093/oso/9780198824756.003.0015


This chapter investigates the conceptual limits of the field of women’s rights. It identifies two main currents of activity in the field: the elaboration of human rights standards, particularly through the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women of 1979; and the development of the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ agenda by the UN Security Council since 2000. Both areas are limited in their understandings of the diverse lives of women. The chapter argues that campaigns for the recognition of women’s rights shuttle between the mainstream and the margins of international law and that the structural bases of women’s disadvantage remain obscured in both locations.

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Additional Information: © 2019 The Several Contributors
Divisions: IGA: Centre for Women Peace and Security
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2021 08:15
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 05:55

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