The last century saw a great leap forward in the struggle for women’s human rights. In many countries women won the right to take part in government, though in some, they did not. Many women acquired an economic independence and social status unthinkable a hundred years earlier. A few countries have adopted constitutions or legislation banning discrimination on the grounds of gender. But women are still treated as second-class citizens all over the world. By the end of the last century, women comprised two-thirds of the world’s one million illiterate people. Women continue to bear the double burden of work and childcare, to own and earn less than men, and to be excluded from making decisions over their own bodies. Women are struggling to help their families and communities survive poverty and armed conflict. And in many countries, they still contend with violence in the family, in the community and from the government.
The chapters in this book cover the subject comprehensively. They are:
• How women’s Human Rights Evolved
• The Definition of Women’s Rights
• Women’s Human Rights and Violence
• Work and Women’s Human Rights
• Human Rights Incorporates Crimes Against Women
• Gender in Human Rights Programmes
• Human Rights of Immigrant Youth
• Women’s Rights and Democracy
• Human Rights Problem of the Girl Child
• Women Behind Bars
• Human Rights of Muslim Women
• Role of Grassroots Organisations
This book will be useful for all researchers and teachers in the field of political science, women’s studies and human rights.