Engendering Human Rights explores the obstacles African women must overcome to obtain and protect their human rights. The essays in this important volume represent a varied group of distinguished scholars, activists, and practitioners, and incorporate gendered perspectives on the formulating, monitoring, reporting, and implementation of human rights in Africa and the African Diaspora in an age of globalization. Contributors tackle issues ranging from reproductive health and rights, immigration, religion, and spousal abuse to cultural imperatives, legal and constitutional reforms, and the arts. Engendering Human Rights is an excellent resource for scholars in human rights, public health, literature, gender/women's studies, cultural studies, and African studies.
"This book provides an important African perspective to the international debate and struggle for women's human rights. It focuses on social, economic and cultural rights of women, within a human rights framework, that has long been biased towards civil and political rights. The contributors' essays will lead to greater understanding of the gender dimensions of the human rights challenges faced by women in Africa, especially in areas dealing with the HIV/AIDS epidemic, religious fundamentalism, violence and the rights of female children and adolescents. The book is essential reading for students and academics in Women's Studies, African Studies and International Studies as well as for human rights activists." - Professor Filomina Chioma Steady, Wellesley College
"A lucid contribution to human rights discourses that focuses on the concrete realities of gender and culture in Africa." - Francoise Lionnet UCLA, author of Postcolonial Representations: Women, Literature, Identity.
"This is a work of considerable significance in terms of its concerns, scope and approaches. The materials which illuminate key gender perspectives to invigorate human rights interventions clearly demonstrate the unsustainability of the conventional dichotomy between the so-called generations of human rights in a context characterized by the material challenges that confront Africa." - Leslye Obiora, Professor of Law and Founder, Institute for Research on African Women, Children, and Culture (IRAWCC)
Series: Comparative Feminist Studies
Number Of Pages: 314
Published: 11th May 2005
Publisher: Palgrave USA
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0
Weight (kg): 0.53
Edition Number: 1