Advancing the Human Rights of Women

Using International Human Rights Standards in Domestic Litigation

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This publication contains papers presented by judges, academics, lawyers and representatives of international and non-governmental organisations at the Asia/South Pacific regional judicial colloquium for senior judges on the domestic application of international human rights norms relevant to the human rights of women. It provides an overview of the applicable international standards, examines the challenges involved in promoting the human rights of women and girls in domestic litigation, and explores the ways in which international human rights norms can be relied on in domestic litigation to achieve that goal.



Human Rights Instruments Relating Specifically to Women, with particular emphasis on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

International concern with the position of women and the reflection of that concern in treaties regulating particular fields of social activity is no new phenomenon, going back in some instances to the end of the 19th century (or even earlier). The first half of the 20th century saw the adoption of treaties which address particular social problems such as trafficking in persons or which sought to regulate the participation by women in the labour force. Since the second world war a number of instruments have been adopted which address discrimination against women in public and private life and which seek to advance the equality of women and their full enjoyment of fundamental human rights and freedoms.


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