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.



Protecting the Rights of the Girl-Child in Commonwealth Jurisdictions

The United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women stressed in its Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action that the experience of growing up as a girl-child in most world cultures has the effect of perpetuating those forms of inequality and discrimination that women experience in their adult lives. It was resolved therefore, inter alia, that "in addressing issues concerning children and youth, Governments should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective into all policies and programmes so that before decisions are taken, an analysis is made of the effects on girls and boys, respectively." The importance of mainstreaming a gender perspective in policy-making is that it sensitises policy makers to concern the likely effects of what may seem gender-neutral policies and laws on the girl-child.


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