Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Theoretical Approaches and Debates

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 19-19
    2. Charlotte Bunch, Niamh Reilly
      Pages 21-38
  3. Human Rights Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

  4. Gendered Civil and Political Rights

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 173-173
    2. Claire McGing
      Pages 175-192
    3. Laura van Waas, Zahra Albarazi, Deirdre Brennan
      Pages 193-207
    4. Amie Lajoie
      Pages 209-226
  5. Human Rights in Family and Private Life

  6. Social and Economic Rights of Women

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Susana T. Fried, Andrea Espinoza-Kim
      Pages 285-304
    3. Heather Smith-Cannoy
      Pages 325-342
  7. Human Rights, Gender, Culture, and Religion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Ruth Gaffney-Rhys
      Pages 345-363
  8. Gender and Human Rights of Women in Conflict-Affected Contexts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 403-403
    2. Jaya Ramji-Nogales, Danielle DerOhannesian
      Pages 441-459
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 477-483

About this book


This book provides a comprehensive introduction to the broad spectrum of human rights issues and violations as they are experienced by women and sexual minorities across civil, political, social, economic, and/or cultural domains, in different regions, countries, and contexts. It offers cogent summaries of concepts, debates, and trends vital to understanding the field and informing practice to advance the human rights of women.

The book looks into such issues as: persistent discrimination in political and economic life; gender-based violence in public and private spheres; obstacles to reproductive and maternal human rights; threats to women human rights defenders; discrimination and violence against LGBT people; violations of women's human rights in conflict situations; and the nexus between sustainable development goals, climate change, and the human rights of women. It also addresses human rights violations in the name of culture or religion, and the challenges in realising the human rights of girls. Finally, the volume showcases effective strategies to advance the human rights of women in the form of national remedial measures and through engagement with international and regional human rights bodies and mechanisms.


human rights women’s rights gender discrimination reproductive rights maternal rights LGBT rights minority rights rights advocacy gender equality international law women’s movement feminism feminist political theory religion and gender religion and culture sustainable development

Editors and affiliations

  • Niamh Reilly
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Political Science and SociologyNational University of IrelandGalwayIreland

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