Where Human Rights Begin (Paperback)

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By Wendy Chavkin (Editor), Ellen Chesler (Editor), Wendy Chavkin (Contributions by), Ellen Chesler (Contributions by), Adriana Ortiz-Ortega (Contributions by), Mary Robinson (Contributions by), Jessica Horn (Contributions by), Ayesha Imam (Contributions by), Lisa Ann Richey (Contributions by), Radhika Chandiramani (Contributions by), Benno De Keijzer (Contributions by), Edwin Winckler (Contributions by), Martha Davis (Contributions by)
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More than a decade ago, three landmark world conferences placed the human rights of women on the international agenda. The first, in Vienna, officially extended the definition of human rights to include a woman’s right to self-determination and equality. A year later, in Cairo, this concept was elaborated to deal explicitly with issues of sexuality and procreation. Subsequently, at a conference in Beijing, the international community committed to a wide range of practical interventions to advance women’s sexual, social, political, and economic rights.

Despite these accomplishments, we find ourselves at an ever more difficult juncture in the struggle to fully realize women’s rights as human rights. Complications, such as terrorism and the “war” against it, the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the incursion of religious fundamentalism into governments, and the U.S. government’s retreat from the international agenda on sexual and reproductive rights have raised questions about the direction of policy implementations and have prevented straightforward progress.

This timely collection brings together eight wide-reaching and provocative essays that examine the practical and theoretical issues of sexual and reproductive health policy and implementation.

About the Author

Wendy Chavkin is a professor of clinical public health and obstetrics/gynecology at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University.
Ellen Chesler is a senior fellow at the Open Society Institute, the international foundation supported by George Soros. OSI sponsored the fellowship program that made this project possible.

Praise For…

Global in scope, sound in marshalling the evidence, eloquent in advocacy, this book offers a comprehensive, compelling source of wisdom-not just on why women deserve justice, but on why they must be empowered if humanity as a whole is to prevail against the challenges it faces.

— Strobe Talbott
Product Details
ISBN: 9780813536576
ISBN-10: 081353657X
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: October 17th, 2005
Pages: 330
Language: English