Are Women ‘Human’? The UN and the Struggle to Recognize Women’s Rights as Human Rights

TitleAre Women ‘Human’? The UN and the Struggle to Recognize Women’s Rights as Human Rights
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsBlack, Allida
EditorIriye, Akira, Petra Goedde, and William I. Hichcock
Book TitleThe Human Rights Revolution: An International History
PublisherOxford University Press

In the volume The Human Rights Revolution: An International History, edited by the internationally well-known experts of the subject Akira Iriye, Petra Goedde and William I. Hitchcock, women's human rights are addressed only in this chapter by Allida Black, which explores the struggle of women inside and outside of the United Nations for the recognition of women’s rights as human rights. It analyzes the practice of the United Nations Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in both women were involved in the fight for the recognition of women's human rights. Today, it may seem obvious that the international system for the promotion and the protection of human rights, which was installed under the auspices of the United Nations (UN), builds on the idea of equality in dignity and rights of men and women. But it was not, since the founding of the United Nation, it needed a long and fierce struggle of women from many countries on the globe involved in the work of the United Nations to make sure that women's rights are recognized as human rights.

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