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Womens Human Rights In The State-Rebuilding Process

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The protection of human rights has an uncertain place in the theory of state-building. This chapter examines the way that the vocabulary of womens human rights has been translated into two state-building exercises of the past decade East Timor and Iraq. The former is an example of UN state-building efforts and the latter undertaken effectively outside an international institutional framework. Conclusions are then drawn from these two case studies pointing to a series of common problems faced by women in states that are being rebuilt. The chapter argues that, despite rhetorical commitment by the international community, womens rights are typically sidelined in the process of state-building and that rebuilt states can both create and reinforce womens inequality.

Keywords: East Timor; international community; international institutional framework; Iraq; state-building; womens human rights; womens inequality



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