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Towards an InternationalWomens Human Rights Regime

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This chapter discusses international women's human rights protection regime, especially the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Women's Convention). It analyses the pre-Women's Convention rights system to explain how it evolved over the decades. The chapter also discusses Post- Women's Convention developments to show whether and how some weaknesses of the women's rights system have been changed. It discusses how certain women's human rights principles may conflict with other equally recognized norms such as the right to freedom of religion and cultural rights. The 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is considered as an authoritative interpretation of the human rights guaranteed in the United Nation (UN) Charter. The process of development of a women's human rights system is neither perfect nor did it came to an end with the coming into force of the Women's Conventions in 1981.

Keywords: United Nation (UN) Charter; Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR); Women's Convention; women's human rights system



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