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Women's Rights In International Law

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Women's rights when they came to be recognized were largely limited to the domestic domain. It was not until the establishment of the UN Charter and subsequent developments on human rights that women's rights became concern of the international community. When United Nations adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), there was a deafening chorus of approval that the world was taking remedial action on this important matter. It is still a long way to go towards attainment of substantive equality between men and women but there is no doubt that post-Second World War international law has become sensitive to issues of gender and women's rights. Public education remains one of the means of creating awareness of the new challenges to violence against women such as the intersection between violence against women and HIV/AIDS and bridging the gap between culture and human rights.

Keywords: CEDAW; creating awareness; human rights; international law; public education; United Nations; women's rights



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