Women's Rights are Human Rights
Elizabeth Fisher and Linda Gray MacKay
Gender Justice distills the Beijing Platform into accessible, easy-to-use material designed to educate and inspire action to engage women and men in the global struggle for womenfs rights and "bring Beijing home." This comprehensive training manual is structured as a six-session two-hour workshop series, addressing key areas based on the Platformfs Critical Areas of Concern: gender, human rights and global organising; womenfs human rights; health, sexuality and reproductive rights; value of work and economic issues; access to education, media and communications; environmental sustainability; and developing local plans for action on womenfs human rights. Each topic is introduced by flip charts, video clips, role plays and readings, with a background section and resource list for every workshop.
Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 1997. paper; 331 pages. US$15.00
DERECHOS HUMANOS DE LA MUJER
Perspectivas nacionales e internacionales
Rebecca J. Cook (Ed.)
A translation of the well-respected The Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives (with 3 additional chapters by Latin American legal scholars), this volume combines reports and case studies with scholarly assessments of international human rights law and its equitable application to women in different cultures and traditions. It addresses international human rights law; feminist studies; family law; political science; Third World Studies; jurisprudence; and philosophy.
Profamilia, 1997. paper; 602 pages. ISBN 958-96004-0-9. US$15.00
A WORLD OF WIDOWS
Neglected by social policy researchers, international human rights activists and the women's movement, the legal, social, cultural, and economic status of the world's widows is an urgent issue given the extent and severity of the discrimination against them. Presenting widowhood as a human rights issue and describing how widows are organising for change all over the world, this fascinating volume is a long-overdue reference on a range of themes: poverty and social security in the context of widowhood; different laws and customs regarding widows' inheritance; the situation of widows who remarry; and issues of sexuality and health. The book examines the needs of specific groups such as refugees, child widows, and older widows, and discusses widowhood in the context of AIDS. Throughout, it shows the prevalence of discrimination against widows in inheritance rights, land ownership, custody of children, security of home and shelter, nutrition and health.
Zed Books, 1996. paper; 214 pp. ISBN 1-85649-420-9 US$19.95
CLAIMING OUR PLACE
Working the Human Rights System to Women's Advantage
Margaret A. Schuler (Ed.)
Claiming Our Place analyses international and regional human rights law, and conceptual and structural challenges in women's global struggle to "claim" their rights and to develop and implement new policies. It examines the conflict involved in acknowledging the universality of women's human rights versus the preservation of national, cultural, and religious particularities.
Women, Law, and Development International, 1993. paper; 163 pp. US$10.00
CLAIMING OUR RIGHTS
A Manual for Women's Human Rights in Muslim Societies
Mahnaz Afkhami and Haleh Vaziri
This manual presents an educational model to promote awareness of the universal human rights concepts inscribed in the major international human rights documents to grassroots women in Muslim societies. Since this transmission process is affected by the prevailing economic, social, cultural, and political conditions, the model can be easily used to convey universal concepts in association with indigenous ideas, traditions, myths, and texts rendered in local idiom.
Claiming Our Rights is a valuable training manual, with chapters containing learning exercises, activities and scenarios structured around questions and verses for discussion from the Qur'an pertaining to women's rights with respect to: the family; autonomy in family-planning decisions; bodily integrity; subsistence; education and learning; employment and fair compensation; privacy, religious beliefs and free expression; conflict; and political participation.
Sisterhood is Global, 1996. paper; 154 pp. US$12.00
The Global Campaign and Tribunal for Women's Human Rights
Charlotte Bunch and Niamh Reilly
Demanding Accountability presents a comprehensive history and analysis of women's organising around the UN World Conference on Human Rights (Vienna, 1993), with especially detailed insights into the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Rights. Includes sections of the Vienna Declaration pertaining to women; a list of UN Human Rights divisions; the petition to promote and protect women's human rights; and a reading/contact list.
UNIFEM/Center for Women's Global Leadership, 1994. paper; 165 pp. ISBN 0-912917-29-6 US$15.00
SEE ALSO: Without Reservation: The Beijing Tribunal on Accountability for Women's Human Rights.
FAITH AND FREEDOM
Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World
Mahnaz Afkhami (Ed.)
Faith and Freedom is the first detailed study of Muslim women's rights as human rights, examining domestic and political violence against women resulting from cultural segregation, conflicting legal codes, and the monopoly on the interpretation of Islamic texts by a select group of male theologians. It includes recommendations on empowering Muslim women to participate in general socialisation and in public policy.
Syracuse University Press, 1995. paper; 244 pp. ISBN 0-8156-2668-1 US$17.95
SEE ALSO: Muslim Women's Choices.
FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION
A Call for Global Action
Female Genital Mutilation provides a compelling overview of the global prevalence of clitoridectomy and infibulation. It lays out the medical facts about, and consequences of, female genital mutilation (FGM). The book discusses the cultural significance of this practice in Africa, and suggests legal, religious, social, and political steps to eradicate it. Personal narratives; photographs and illustrations; statistics.
Rainbo (Second Edition), 1995. paper; 48 pp. US$9.95
Also available in French.
FROM BASIC NEEDS TO BASIC RIGHTS
Women's Claim to Human Rights
Margaret A. Schuler (Ed.)
The essays and case studies in this book focus on the struggle to create an effective and responsive system for enforcing women's human rights. Topics include: gender and hierarchy in human rights; social, economic, and reproductive rights; religious, cultural and ethnic identity challenges to the exercise of women's human rights; and strategic dimensions of the women's human rights movement.
Women, Law and Development International, 1995. paper; 597 pp. US$21.00
GENDER VIOLENCE AND WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS IN AFRICA
This book presents ideas and strategies from some of Africa's foremost human rights activists. It discusses issues such as the meaning of "universal" human rights for African women in a world dominated by the West, women's sexual and reproductive rights within Islamic culture, and grassroots strategies to tackle violence against women.
Center for Women's Global Leadership, 1994. paper; 42 pp. US$7.00
HUMAN RIGHTS PACKAGE
This package of 4 articles from leading law and human rights journals provides a unique analysis and overview of the application of international human rights law to women's human rights. The first article reports on an international consultation which brought legal theory and practice to bear on the relationship between international human rights and women's rights. The second discusses state responsibility for breaches of human rights guaranteed by international conventions. The third article focuses on women's reproductive rights as a human right, including the application of CEDAW to such rights. The last article is a bibliography referencing over 400 select works on the development, interpretation, and implementation of women's human rights.
Limited quantities, available exclusively from Women, Ink!
Package contains reprints of 4 articles, 1992- 1995, approximately 50 pp. each. US$9.95
HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN
National and International Perspectives
Rebecca J. Cook (Ed.)
This volume combines reports and case studies with scholarly assessments of international human rights law and its equitable application to women in different cultures and traditions. It addresses international human rights law; feminist studies; family law; political science; Third World studies; jurisprudence; and philosophy.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994. paper; 634 pp. ISBN 0-8122-1538-9 US$22.95
IT'S ABOUT TIME!
Human Rights are Women's Right
It's About Time launched Amnesty International's 1995 campaign for the protection of women's human rights. It highlights the situation of women in some 75 countries. The book addresses women's rights in the context of war; political, economic, and social risks faced by women; and women's activism in these areas. UN conventions; glossary.
Amnesty International, 1995. paper; 152 pp. ISBN 0-939994-98-4 US$8.95
OURS BY RIGHT
Women's Rights as Human Rights
Joanna Kerr (Ed.)
Here are the voices of leading women lawyers and activists from 35 countries in the campaign for women's rights as human rights, based on a 1992 conference hosted by the North-South Institute. The book presents a number of case studies and discusses barriers to funding women's rights, aid conditionality, government accountability, and strategies for implementation.
Zed Books, 1993. paper; 192 pp. ISBN 1-85649-228-1 US$19.95
STRATEGIES FOR CONFRONTING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
A Resource Manual
This comprehensive UN policy document examines the nature, causes and prevention of domestic violence, and details ways in which the problem can be confronted -- by police, prosecutors, health/social service workers, women's groups, and government agencies. Includes a training section and methods for gathering information on domestic violence.
UN Publications, 1993. paper; 122 pp. US$19.95
SEE ALSO: Women's Human Rights Step by Step.
State Responses to Domestic Violence.
TESTIMONIES OF THE GLOBAL TRIBUNAL ON VIOLATIONS OF WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS
This book compiles the full transcripts of 33 testimonies by women from 25 countries at the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights (Vienna, 1993). They give compelling voice to violations of a wide spectrum of human rights.
Center for Women's Global Leadership, 1994. paper; 79 pp. US$15.00
THE HOSKEN REPORT
Genital and Sexual Mutilation of Females
Fran P. Hosken
This is one of the most comprehensive sourcebooks available on female genital mutilation (FGM). It emphasises the special role of health education and health care services in exposing the disastrous consequences of FGM. It critically evaluates organisations and activities that contribute to the perpetuation of FGM, while featuring positive initiatives by women's groups to eradicate it.
Women's International Network News, 1993 (Fourth Edition). paper; 444 pp. ISBN 0-942096-09-6 US$35.00
THE HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH GLOBAL REPORT ON WOMEN'S RIGHTS
Human Rights Watch
The Global Report focuses on the role of governments in perpetuating, condoning, and tolerating various kinds of abuse: rape as a tactic of war and political repression; trafficking of women; custodial violence against women; abuses of women workers; domestic violence; sexual abuse of refugee women; and reproductive and sexual violations. Case studies.
Human Rights Watch, 1995. paper; 458 pp. ISBN 0-300-06546-9 US$15.00
THE RIGHT TO KNOW
Human Rights and Access to Education
International Centre Against Censorship
This book articulates a strategy for using international human rights law to provide women with information necessary for maternal and child health. Ten country studies -- Algeria, Brazil, Chile, Ireland, Kenya, Malawi, Pakistan, the Philippines, Poland, and the US -- analyse cultural and political factors that control information on family planning, abortion, education about AIDS, and other health threats.
Article 19, International Centre Against Censorship, 1995. paper; 400 pp. ISBN 0-8122-1588-5 US$26.95
THE RIGHT TO LIVE WITHOUT VIOLENCE
Women's Proposals and Actions
The Right to Live Without Violence reports on the Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights (El Salvador, 1993) which exposed the violence present in women's lives, and examines legal provisions and recourse in dealing with violence in the region. It was produced as an informative and activist tool for those working to research and denounce violence against women in Latin America. It includes conceptual essays and research findings on violence, especially domestic and sexual violence. Appendices include the 1994 Inter-American "Convention of Belem do Para" and the 1993 UN Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
With photographs, case studies, examples of groups in action and a description of their activities, and statistics, focusing on nine countries in the region, this volume represents a unique and moving resource on the topic of violence against women.
Latin American and Caribbean Women's Health Network, Women's Health Collection, Vol. 1, 1996. periodical; 139 pp. US$25.00
Sexual Orientation and Women's Rights
Rachel Rosenbloom (Ed.)
The 30 country reports in this unique volume document human rights violations based on sexual orientation, touching on a whole host of legal, cultural, social and economic issues. Placing lesbian rights within the framework of the broader struggle for women's human rights, this book demonstrates how women's rights and lesbian rights are linked in substantive ways. Both highlight how human rights distinctions between the private and public, as well as reluctance to address female sexuality, have perpetuated violations of women's rights and kept them invisible. Furthermore, the defense of lesbian rights is integral to the defense of women's right to determine their own sexuality, to work at the jobs they prefer and to live as they choose with women, men, children, or alone. Unspoken Rules is also inspiring in its recounting of lesbian organising that is flourishing in many parts of the world despite many obstacles.
Cassell, 1996. paper; 257 pp. ISBN 0-304-33764-1 US$14.95
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
New Movements and New Theories in India
Omvedt revisits establishment liberal viewpoints, conventional Marxism, and radical feminist theories of patriarchy and violence to describe and explain the nature of violence against women in India. The book also discusses recent theoretical approaches to the role of caste, women's labour, and destruction of the environment by modern capitalist systems.
Kali for Women, 1990. paper; 42 pp. ISBN 81-85107-28-9 US$4.95
The Beijing Tribunal on Accountability for Women's Human Rights
Niamh Reilly (Ed.)
Without Reservation documents the last in a series of tribunals held at the major UN world conference: The Beijing Tribunal on Accountability for Women's Human Rights (September 1995). In these 22 testimonies, women break the silence on abuses they suffer, and move from being victims to survivors. They engage as political actors in changing their own lives and in creating the conditions necessary to end human rights abuses in the lives of millions of women around the world.
This book addresses a range of women's human rights violations in specific categories: conflict situations; family issues; health and bodily integrity; and political persecution. It provides an extensive analysis that expands our understanding of women's human rights by focusing on issues of strategies for accountability. Together with the report from the Vienna Tribunal, this book constitutes an important reference for all those interested in the women's human rights movement.
Center for Women's Global Leadership, 1996. paper; 190 pp. $15.00
WOMEN AND VIOLENCE
Realities and Responses Worldwide
Miranda Davies (Ed.)
This book highlights gender-based violence and efforts to combat it with case studies from over 30 countries. The writings examine the incidence of domestic violence and child sexual abuse, sexual harassment in the workplace, rape and torture in war, genital mutilation, and the effects of male violence on women's reproductive health.
Zed Books, 1994. paper; 264 pp. ISBN 1-85649-146-3 US$22.50
WOMEN'S RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS
International Feminist Perspectives
Andrea Wolper and Julie S. Peters
With contributions by activists, journalists, lawyers and scholars from 21 countries, this book maps the direction being taken by the women's human rights movement, and the concomitant transformation of prevailing notions of rights. Topics include: the rapes in the former Yugoslavia; domestic violence; trafficking of women; the persecution of lesbians; female genital mutilation; and reproductive rights.
Routledge, 1995. paper; 450 pp. ISBN 0-415-90995-3 US$21.95
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