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Gender, rights and development : a global sourcebook

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Abstract: This publication documents the experiences of practitioners and experts with respect to the varied practices of rights in development and how these have addressed gender equality and women’s autonomy in the South in particular. It also explores how rights thinking and practice is shaped by actual struggles. The papers in this collection help the reader to see the problematic of delivering on rights through development work in a way that treats and sees women as entities in themselves and worthy of rights, and not simply in relation to a man and as subordinate within gender relations. In order for rights-based approaches to promote the individuation of the female subject of rights and the autonomy of the person where other approaches have more or less failed, much more is needed than what at present constitutes rights-based practice. The authors remind us that in order to practice rights, we need on the one hand to side with, promote and learn from the awareness of those deprived of rights, because it is their agency that will fuel and drive the struggle for rights. On the other hand, rights-based practice requires a politically engaged research, activist and development community in order for rights-based approaches to promote gender equality.
Series Title: Gender, society & development : critical reviews and annotated bibliographies series
Country: India , Nicaragua , South Africa
Editor: Mukhopadhyay, M. , Meer, S.
ISBN: 978-90-6832-742-7
Keywords: gender , women , empowerment , reproductive health
Language: eng
Organization: KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
PAGE: 160
Place: Amsterdam
Publisher: Royal Tropical Institute (KIT)
Year: 2008
Region: Global
Right: © 2008 KIT
Subject: Social and Political Change
Title: Gender, rights and development : a global sourcebook