Globalisation of women's rights norms: the right to manifest religion and 'Orientalism' in the council Of Europe

Skeet, Charlotte (2009) Globalisation of women's rights norms: the right to manifest religion and 'Orientalism' in the council Of Europe. Public Space: the Journal of Law and Social Justice, 4 (2). p. 39. ISSN 1835-0550

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Womens' access to and enjoyment of human rights are increasingly being used as a global measure of other goods in societies: for instance as a measure of development, a gauge of the health and depth of democracy and as a general indicator of a state commitment and adherence to international responsibilities. Therefore, while the study of womens relationship to human rights is of considerable importance and interest in itself it is also gaining prominence across a range of other areas of international and domestic law. This might be viewed as a positive indication of the growing strength of womens human rights norms but it bears closer analysis. Also within this discourse on womens rights what rights norms are being globalised and how is this occurring? This paper considers how supposedly universalist rhetorics around equality rights can advance `orientalist and patriarchal discourses in relation to who women are and how their rights may be realised. Such discourses may hinder implementation of womens rights especially for women who are other. This is particularly evident in relation to womens rights to freedom of expression, the manifestation of religious freedom and rights to participate in culture. To illustrate this specific focus is given to the increasing discrimination against Muslim women and to human rights responses in this context within Europe.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The proceedings of the W(h)ither Human Rights?: 25th Law and Society of Australia and New Zealand Conference
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
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Depositing User: Charlotte Skeet
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 18:16
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