Without Prejudice

CEDAW and the determination of women's rights in a legal and cultural context

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CEDAW – the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – is a powerful international human rights instrument that reflects a global determination to achieve gender equality. Turning aspiration into reality presents many challenges, particularly in relation to the process of adjudicating on women’s rights in both legal and cultural contexts.

This book looks at the range of cultural and legal challenges relating to the implementation of CEDAW, and the individual approaches adopted in various jurisdictions and contexts across the Commonwealth. Commonwealth declarations in support of CEDAW and initiatives from numerous Commonwealth countries are brought together here to support continuing efforts to address these issues.

This practical guide will inform and assist judges, adjudicators, lawyers and activists to advance the implementation of the principles of CEDAW within jurisdictions connected historically by the application of the common law.

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Gender analysis of child support in the Caribbean: legal, socioeconomic and cultural issues for consideration, Roberta Clarke, Tracey Robinson and Jacqueline Sealy-Burke

This chapter vividly highlights the extent to which childcare is a feminised responsibility with the expectation that children are the primary responsibility of mothers. Indeed, the great majority of applications made to the courts in the Caribbean are made by mothers. The chapter is based on research undertaken by the authors with support from IDRC and UNICEF and published by the UNIFEM Caribbean Office in 2008 as ‘Child Support, Poverty and Gender Equality: Policy Considerations for Reform’.


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