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Inside/Outside: Women And The International Human Rights System

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Professor Kalliopi Koufa has played a significant role within the United Nations human rights system. As a tribute to her important contributions to the UN human rights system, the author examines here the way that women's lives intersect with that system. This chapter first describes the international law relevant to women's human rights and then consider critiques of this law. It concludes by discussing proposals to refashion the United Nations' architecture with respect to women's lives. The international human rights system provides a number of legal resources to improve women's lives across the globe, but there has been little use of these standards in practice. Third Committee of the UN General Assembly in late 2008, considered a paper by the Deputy Secretary-General which proposed four different options for reform: (a) maintenance of the status quo, (b) an autonomous FUND/programme, (c) a department of the Secretariat, and (d) a composite entity.

Keywords: feminist criticism; international human rights system; International Law; United Nations human rights system; women's human rights



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