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Religious Fundamentalisms: The Observatory on the Universality of Rights Initiative

Local/Global Encounters


Anti-rights actors around the world now increasingly threaten our international and regional human rights systems, working to erode and undermine rights related to gender and sexuality through misleading references to religion, culture, tradition and state sovereignty. The Observatory on the Universality of Rights represents one major effort across feminist and other social justice movements to build and share knowledge, and collaboratively advocate to reclaim and reaffirm human rights in the wake of rising coordination and engagement from ultra-conservatives.


Fundamentalism Human rights Universality Backlash 

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© Society for International Development 2018

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)New YorkUSA

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