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Strengthening Womens International Human Rights Norms in the UK after the Human Rights Act 1998: Lessons from Canada

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Feminist discussion recognises that domestic human rights systems operate in a gendered way and impact differently on men and women. Similar gender analyses relate to international law. The post charter Canadian experience is used to read and interpret change and this chapter focuses on how women's rights might develop further in this context. Canada can be seen in this context as a source of "other" norms and discourses in the UK through both transgovernmentalism and transjudicialism. Canada also serves as a pertinent reminder that an integrated approach is needed to secure women's rights. This chapter focuses on the reception of international women's rights norms into the different constitutional institutions in the UK. Ratification of Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women's (CEDAW) protocol will further stimulate awareness and act as a mobilising force for women's rights.

Keywords: Canada; CEDAW protocol; domestic human rights; international women's rights; transgovernmentalism; transjudicialism; UK



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