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CEDAW and the Security Council: enhancing women's rights in conflict

O'Rourke, Catherine and Swaine, Aisling ORCID: 0000-0002-5782-5084 (2018) CEDAW and the Security Council: enhancing women's rights in conflict. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 67 (1). pp. 167-199. ISSN 0020-5893

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The proliferation of legal and normative standards regulating women’s rights in conflict has been accompanied by concerns about their efficacy. The article examines the activities of the CEDAW Committee and the UN Security Council and considers how synergies might be advanced. The article finds that, while the Security Council has unique authority over UN system activities, sanctions and peacekeeping, the CEDAW Committee – as a human rights treaty monitoring body – possesses the more effective system of state accountability and the more robust commitment to women’s equality and rights. The article proposes measures for the optimum interaction between both institutions in order to maximise overall accountability for women’s rights in conflict.

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Additional Information: © 2017 British Institute of International and Comparative Law
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2017 15:34
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 00:16

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