Forced sterilizations: addressing the limitations of international rights adjudication through an intersectional approach

Skeet, Charlotte (2019) Forced sterilizations: addressing the limitations of international rights adjudication through an intersectional approach. In: Iyioha, Irehobhube (ed.) Women's health and the limits of law: domestic and international perspectives. Routledge Research in Human Rights Law . Routledge, Abingdon; New York. ISBN 9781138549647

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Involuntary and coerced sterilizations are now clearly recognised as events that breach a number of different international, regional and national rights protections. Despite the fact that the legal basis for forced and involuntary sterilizations have largely been eradicated at a national level, many instances continue to take place. The WHO found that forced and involuntary sterilizations affect women as a group disproportionally , but to look at these claims only in the context of the individual affected or to treat these as ‘women’s rights’ breaches without considering what women are being affected and why, is to address these rights breaches only in a partial way.
This chapter examines cases brought by women to the Inter-American Commission, the European Court of Human Rights, and the Committee for the Convention of the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It analyses the absence of an intersectional understanding of the claims in all three forums and argues that this gap harms effective standard setting and reduces the meaningfulness and influence of recommendations from these important forums.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: International Law, Human Rights, Women's Rights, Intersectionality, Forced Sterilization.
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Research Centres and Groups: Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HQ The Family. Marriage. Women > HQ0012 Sexual life
K Law
K Law > K Law in General. Comparative and uniform Law. Jurisprudence > K0520 Comparative law. International uniform law > K3154 Constitutional law > K3224 Individual and state > K3240 Human rights. Civil and political rights
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Depositing User: Charlotte Skeet
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2019 12:12
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2019 12:12

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