The world has recognised that the human rights of women and of the girl child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. Women are guaranteed equal treatment and freedom from discrimination in the most basic human rights treaties, and women's human rights are the subject of a specific treaty, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. Far-reaching governmental commitments to ensuring the human rights of women have been made at recent world conferences.
This book seek to analyse how inter-national human rights law applies specifically to women in various cultures worldwide, and to develop strategies to promote equitable application of human rights law at the international, regional, and domestic levels. It present a compelling mixture of case studies from various regions in the world, combined with scholarly assessments of various aspects of international law as these rights specifically apply to women. The book addresses multiple and overlapping agendas: international human rights law, feminist studies, family law, political science, jurisprudence, and philosophy. It gives added inspiration and new opportunities to activists, including but not limited to legal practitioners, who seek practical means by which to make the world fairer for women both inside and outside their homes.