Reading List #1: The Feminization of Human Rights
People writing about this beautiful topic include:
Gina Martin. After being up-skirted at a festival in London in 2017, Gina has been campaigning for a UK-wide law to criminalize up-skirting. Although the draft bill was blocked by a British Conservative Member of Parliament, it has the Prime Minister’s backing and is expected to become law in the coming months. Follow Gina on Twitter for the latest updates.
Rashida Manjoo and Jackie Jones’ new book, The Legal Protection of Women From Violence: Normative Gaps in International Law. Rashida Manjoo was the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women from 2009-15, for which role she wrote powerful reports on gender-based violence in Honduras, the United Kingdom, and Afghanistan, among others. Jackie Jones is a Professor at the University of the West of England where she teaches feminist legal studies. Their newest book looks at gaps in international law, which leave women unprotected from gender-based violence and promotes the creation of a new Treaty to ensure women are free from violence.
Jem Collins, at RightsInfo.org, Uncovering Period Poverty. Jem is one to watch on women’s rights. She is a journalist, editor, and journalism-career guru. Her Period Poverty miniseries shines a light on the increasingly urgent human rights issue coming from women’s bodies themselves - period poverty.
Christine Chinkin and Hilary Charlesworth, The Boundaries of International Law: A Feminist Analysis. Chinkin is a British Professor specializing in gender and international human rights law. Charlesworth co-directs the University of Melbourne’s Human Rights Law program. Their seminal book published in the dawn of the millennium aims to 'redraw the boundaries' of international law to respond to its historic brushing aside of injustices imposed on women because they are women.
Charlotte Bunch, Looking Back, Looking Forward: women's Human Rights in Global Perspective, Women’s Rights Law Reporter (2017). Charlotte Bunch has been a pioneer of the women’s rights as human rights since the nineties, and is not stopping there! This article talks about what we can learn about the past of women’s rights to better their future.