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Various Interpretations of Human Rights for Women Challenges at United Nations Conferences

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The explicit goal of Global Campaign for Women's Human Rights is to make visible violations of human rights in women's lives, and to create awareness among women and governments that women have human rights. The chapter aims to point out that many of the formulations in conventions and declarations turn a blind eye to the world of women. In summation, one of the basic tensions in contemporary human rights debates is whether to follow an egalitarian principle of non-discrimination that is permeating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. A quite visible alternative at the United Nations and in the world is to relate human rights to positions related to age, sex, colour, birth, and national or social origin. A discourse of group rights, asymmetry, diversity and cultural particularity may easily undermine a sense that every human being, independent of position, is entitled to live a life in dignity.

Keywords: contemporary human rights; convention; non-discrimination; United Nation; Women's human rights



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