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The Human Rights Of Women In A Specific Cultural Context

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The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was the first body with a mandate to conduct studies on matters of direct relevance to women, and to promote the protection of women's human rights. Although the Beijing Platform for Action emphasises the principle that religious and cultural values should not hamper the full enjoyment by women of their rights, it confirms the view that it is nearly impossible to engage in a discussion of women's rights under international law without having to address cultural claims. The tension between cultural and religious particularities, on one hand, and the rights of women, on the other, indicates that women's rights are influenced by the cultural context. The constant interplay, and mutually reinforcing dynamic between internal and international mechanisms and processes, is absolutely necessary. The positive function of international law and institutions is contingent upon maintaining the legitimacy, credibility and objectivity of international mechanisms.

Keywords:Beijing Platform for Action; CSW; international enforcement mechanisms; women's human rights



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