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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Promoting the human rights of women and girls through developing human rights jurisprudence and advancing the domestication of international human rights standards

In 1988, the Commonwealth Secretariat initiated a series of judicial colloquia to promote the domestic application of internationally and regional agreed human rights norms. Judges at the first colloquium in Bangalore, India, adopted the Bangalore Principles, which call for the creative and consistent development of human rights jurisprudence across the Commonwealth. The principles emphasise the need for practical measures to ensure that international and regional human rights norms, to which many member countries are state parties, are given full effect in national courts. The Bangalore Principles were reaffirmed at subsequent judicial colloquia – Harare, Zimbabwe; Banjul, The Gambia; Abuja, Nigeria; Balliol College, Oxford, UK; and Bloemfontein, South Africa – which focused on different aspects of human rights jurisprudence.


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