Theorizing Women's Cultural Diversity in Feminist International Human Rights Strategies
Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 20, No. 1, Feminist Theory and Legal Strategy (Spring, 1993), pp. 6-22
18 Pages Posted: 12 Mar 2013
Date Written: 1993
In this article I want to explore how international human rights strategies can be more responsive to the needs of women in diverse cultural settings. While there has been an increasing amount of feminist legal writing which has examined the cultural assumptions that often lie within the category of 'women', feminist scholarship concerning international human rights protections has been dismissive of culturally relative positions and therefore has implicitly maintained universalistic and essentialist norms. Feminists fear that challenging the artificial cultural unity of women's experience will hinder the project of prioritizing women's concerns in the international sphere. My argument is that cultural and gender critiques of the dominant discourse are interrelated and necessary aspects of a project for women's empowerment.
Keywords: feminist theory, women's rights, international
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