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Gender and Human Rights
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Gender and Human Rights

Expanding Concepts

9781800372849 Edward Elgar Publishing
Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko, Senior Lecturer, Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland
Publication Date: 2020 ISBN: 978 1 80037 284 9 Extent: 160 pp
This unique book analyses the impact of international human rights on the concept of gender, demonstrating that gender emerged in the medical study of sexuality and has a complex and broad meaning beyond the sex and gender binaries often assumed by human rights law. The book illustrates which dynamics within the field of human rights hinder the expansion of the concept of gender beyond binaries and which strategies and mechanisms allow and facilitate such an expansion.

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This unique book analyses the impact of international human rights on the concept of gender, demonstrating that gender emerged in the medical study of sexuality and has a complex and broad meaning beyond the sex and gender binaries often assumed by human rights law.

Ekaterina Yahyaoui Krivenko skilfully illustrates the dynamics within the field of human rights which hinder the expansion of the concept of gender and which strategies and mechanisms allow and facilitate such an expansion. Gender and Human Rights surveys the development of human rights from the creation of the United Nations up to the present day and discusses key examples of the prohibition of violence and the regulation of culture and family in the context of human rights. This multidisciplinary study also incorporates additional perspectives from medical science, feminism and queer theory.

This concise yet engaging book will be a valuable resource for scholars, students and activists working at the intersection of gender law and human rights law, providing a critical overview of the topic alongside strategies for future growth.
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‘Yahyaoui Krivenko's compelling analysis reveals just how structurally embedded international human rights law’s (mis)understanding of gender, as male/female duality and biological fact, is. This not only restricts law’s capacity to fully comprehend how gender hierarchies impact on the enjoyment of human rights, but also implicates human rights law itself in perpetuating gendered harms. Yahyaoui Krivenko's call for disrupting this damaging gender script, and the openings she identifies as places to start, present a challenge to us all.’
– Dianne Otto, The University of Melbourne, Australia
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Contents: 1. Introduction 2. Gender and its complexities 3. Human rights and gender: the first stage 4. Feminist approaches, gay and lesbian studies, queer theory: their engagement with gender and human rights 5. Human rights and gender: the second stage 6. Successes and challenges: right to be free from violence 7. Successes and challenges: culture and human rights 8. Successes and challenges: family and human rights 9. General conclusions Index
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