Anne Hellum, professor at the University of Oslo, and Henriette Sinding Aasen, professor at the University of Bergen have co-edited Women’s Human Rights: CEDAW in International, Regional and National Law (Cambridge 2013).

As an instrument that addresses the circumstances that affect women’s lives and enjoyment of rights in a diverse world, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is slowly but surely making its mark on the development of international and national law. Using national case studies from South Asia, Eastern and Southern Africa, Australia, Canada and Northern Europe, the book examines the potential and actual added values of the CEDAW in comparison and interaction with other equality and anti-discrimination mechanisms. The studies demonstrate how state and non-state actors have invoked, adopted or resisted the CEDAW and related instruments in different contexts. The book also includes comparison to the Inter-American and African Human Rights systems, as well as discussion of socio-economic rights, maternity, and health rights. It illuminates how international, regional, and national regies have drawn inspiration from each other in pursuit of realizing women’s human rights.

Chapters are written by Andrew Byrnes, Fareda Banda, Rikki Holtmaat, Simone Cusack, Cecilia M. Bailliet, Celestine Nyamu Musembi, Sandra Fredman, Fleur Van Leeuwen, Ingunn Ikdahl, Lucie Lamarche, Madhu Mehra, Kabita Pandey, Shaheen Sardar Ali, Choice Damiso & Julie Stewart, Marjolein Van Den Brink, Hélène Ruiz Fabri & Andrea Hamann, Kevät Nousiainen & Merja Pentikäinen, as well as the editors.

Women’s Human Rights

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