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By Geraldine Terry

ISBN-10: 0745323480

ISBN-13: 9780745323480

ISBN-10: 0745323499

ISBN-13: 9780745323497

ISBN-10: 1770093788

ISBN-13: 9781770093782

Worldwide, girls and women are being denied their social, monetary, political and civil rights. the purpose of this e-book is to show this systematic discrimination anywhere it happens – in schooling, entry to public companies, in reaping rewards from alternate, and in different places. The e-book additionally explores violence opposed to ladies and appears at how the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is associated with the denial of women’s rights. Geraldine Terry seems to be at confident examples of ladies appearing to rework inequalities and oppression by way of saying their rights. Terry argues that selling women’s rights is not just an ethical factor but additionally a really potent option to pursue poverty aid pursuits all over the world.

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However, opponents of human rights in the global South often argue that they are based on a specifically Western political tradition, and so are not appropriate to other societies, a position called ‘cultural relativism’. Some see human rights as a form of imperialism imposed by the rich countries of the global North on other cultures. In the 1990s, for instance, the East Asian leaders Lee Kuan Yew in Singapore and Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia claimed that human rights were not suited to Asian societies, which prioritised social order and stability over individual freedom.

13 Thanks to groundbreaking work by feminists, this mindset is being challenged. For instance, in 2004 Amnesty Women's human rights: a closer look 35 International launched a high-profile campaign ‘Stop Violence against Women’, which among other things calls for domestic violence to be dealt with under UDHR’s Article 5, while Human Rights Watch has publicised the epidemic of sexual violence against girls in African schools (see Chapter 6). 4 Why did the mainstream human rights bodies not see from the start that women’s subordination was a human rights issue?

Some take a purely secular position, while others are working within religious discourses to oppose conservative forces, showing that texts such as the Bible and Qur’an can be interpreted as supporting women’s human rights. Fundamentalism is growing in many world religions today and is damaging women’s rights in all of them. Women against Fundamentalisms1 Since 9/11, the Madrid bombings of 2004 and the London bombings of 2005, the words ‘Islamic’ and ‘fundamentalist’ have frequently been coupled together in headlines in the global North.

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