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CEDAW, the Bible and the State of the Netherlands: The Struggle Over Orthodox Women’s Political Participation and Their Responses

17 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2010  

Barbara M. Oomen

Utrecht University - University College Roosevelt

Joost Guijt

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Matthias Ploeg

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 2010

Abstract

The case of the SGP essentially concerned the question whether the Netherlands should take measures against a Bible-based political party that bars women from its list of candidates. Against the theoretical background of human rights sociology, the rise of rights as a framework for moral discussions and the role of NGOs in rights implementation, this article assesses how ‘rights talk’, in particular based upon the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), became the language in which the discussion over orthodox women’s political rights came to be framed in the Netherlands. It makes use of extensive quantitative and qualitative data to assess how this particular form of rights realization – via court cases lodged by outside NGOs – impacted upon discussions within the communities concerned, particularly amongst the women themselves. It argues that this particular form of rights realization can also have undesired effects, such as reinforcing more conservative positions and strengthening a general sense of isolation from society and relates these findings to more general discussions on ‘talking rights’ in a context of religious diversity.

Keywords: human rights sociology, religious diversity, CEDAW, NGOs, legal pluralism

Suggested Citation

Oomen, Barbara M. and Guijt, Joost and Ploeg, Matthias, CEDAW, the Bible and the State of the Netherlands: The Struggle Over Orthodox Women’s Political Participation and Their Responses (June 2010). Utrecht Law Review, Vol. 6, No. 2, pp. 158-174, June 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1625682

Barbara M. Oomen (Contact Author)

Utrecht University - University College Roosevelt ( email )

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Joost Guijt

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Matthias Ploeg

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