Human rights of women : international instruments and African experiences


Human rights of women : international instruments and African experiences

edited by Wolfgang Benedek, Esther M. Kisaakye and Gerd Oberleitner

Zed Books in association with World University Service, c2002

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Includes bibliographical references (p. [317]-326) and index



Human rights has over the past generation been perhaps the most exhaustively developed body of international law, and in no other area has the impact of the women's movement worldwide resulted in a more profound transformation. Today the primary issue is no longer the better elaboration of human rights law, but its enforcement. In this context, this reader has grown out of a series of post-graduate training courses for participants from the South. The book aims to better equip human rights workers, teachers, lawyers, civil servants, community leaders, students and academics; preparing them to address specific cases of gender inequality in their own countries, promote respect for the human rights of women locally, and contribute to women's empowerment by making more effective use of existing international standards. The reader introduces and examines the international instruments that deal with the human rights of women and, in Part II, the specifically African experience in trying to implement them. Beginning with an explanation of the place of gender in modern international human rights law, successive chapters examine each of the international human rights covenants and conventions, the UN context, as well as humanitarian law. The European human rights system is explained as one among several regional systems. In the following Part, the book focuses on the African system for the protection of human rights, as it now stands, and certain specific topics including Muslim women's rights, polygamy, female genital mutilation, women prisoners, and the roles which NGOs and women's movements are playing today in the promotion of human rights in Africa.


Part 1: Human Rights of Women - International Instruments 1. International Human Rights Law - The Relevance of Gender - Christine Ainetter-Brautigam 2. Human Rights of Women at the Fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations - Dorota Gierycz 3. Charter-based Activities regarding Womens Rights in the United Nations and Specialized Agencies - Dorothea Gaudart 4. The Prohibition of Gender-specific Discrimination under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - Manfred Nowak 5. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women - Andrew Byrnes 6. Women and Humanitarian Law - Francoise Hampson 7. The European Human Rights System in Comparison with other Regional Systems - Wolfgang Benedek Part 2: Human Rights of Women - African Experiences 8. Introduction to the African System of Protection of Human Rights and the Draft Protocol - Henry Onoria 9. Womens Rights under Islam - Khadija Elmadmad 10. Women, Culture and Human Rights with Special Reference to the Practices of Female Genital Mutilation, Polygamy and Brideprice in Africa - Esther M. Kisaakye 11. Modern-Day Missionaries or Misguided Miscreants? NGOs, the Womens Movement and the Promotion of Human Rights in Africa - Joe Oloka-Onyango 12. Women in the Armed Forces in Uganda: Human Rights Issues - Apollo Makubuya 13. Women Prisoners and Female Staff in Uganda Prisons - Kurt Neudek

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