By Geraldine Terry

ISBN-10: 0745323480

ISBN-13: 9780745323480

ISBN-10: 0745323499

ISBN-13: 9780745323497

ISBN-10: 1770093788

ISBN-13: 9781770093782

Around the globe, girls and women are being denied their social, monetary, political and civil rights. the purpose of this booklet is to show this systematic discrimination at any place it happens – in schooling, entry to public companies, in benefiting from alternate, and in other places. The booklet additionally explores violence opposed to ladies and appears at how the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Africa is associated with the denial of women’s rights. Geraldine Terry appears to be like at confident examples of girls performing to remodel inequalities and oppression via announcing their rights. Terry argues that selling women’s rights isn't just an ethical factor but additionally a really powerful technique to pursue poverty aid objectives around the globe.

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Calling themselves ‘morality police’, they threatened to shoot passers-by who tried to stop the attack. 4 ‘Not a fax from heaven’ 53 Fundamentalisms and resistance Let us begin with the Catholic Church hierarchy. 5 When he was still Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Pope Benedict XVI was known in some quarters as ‘God’s Rottweiler’ and, like his predecessor Pope John Paul II, he is firmly opposed to all forms of artificial contraception. 2, for instance). Forcing women to rely only on natural forms of contraception in effect means taking away their right to choose how many children to have, and how to space them.

In other parts of the world, especially where the political environment is hostile to the idea of human rights, women’s organisations may use them as a set of guiding principles, an implicit reference point, or perhaps just an inspiration. Sadly, since the Beijing conference of 1995, women’s human rights groups in the North and South have been fragmented and on the defensive. Time and time again, they have had to scramble to stop the gains of the three big 1990s conferences being clawed back by the Vatican and hostile governments.

In the fundamentalist mindset, women exist mainly as wives and mothers, and represent ‘authentic’ values. The proponents of fundamentalism work at all levels from 52 Women’s rights international policy-making arenas to the streets. Starting with the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, representatives of Islamic and Christian fundamentalist movements united at successive UN events to oppose progress on women’s sexual and reproductive rights. 1). This chapter briefly looks at the impact of Christian and Islamic fundamentalisms on women’s human rights, but it is important to remember that other faiths, notably Hinduism and Judaism, have fundamentalist sections too.

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