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Without Prejudice: CEDAW and the determination of women’s rights in a legal and cultural context  
Meena Shivdas (Editor), Sarah Coleman (Editor)

Size: 240 mm x 165 mm
Categories: Gender, Human Rights, Law

ISBN No: 978-1-84929-013-5

Format: Paperback|  E-book

Publication Date: 06-2010
Number of Pages: 198

Status: In stock

Price: £ 65.00    [Currency converter]  


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.


Find out more about CEDAW@30 here http://www.unifem.org/cedaw30/


Abbreviations and acronyms


Part I: Background

1. Introduction, Meena Shivdas and Sarah Coleman

2. Thoughts on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Christine Chinkin

3. The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and realisation of rights: reflections on standard settings and culture, Indira Jaising


Part II: Towards Gender Equality: Reconciling Culture and the Law

4. Culture, religion and gender: an overview, Frances Raday

5. Domestication of CEDAW: points to consider for customary laws and practices, C C Nweze

6. Gender, culture and the law: the South African experience, Mokgadi Lucy Mailula

7. Scope of regional instruments: a perspective on the Southern and East Africa region, Gladys M Nhekairo Mutukwa

8. Last but not least: CEDAW and family law, Cassandra Balchin

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

10. Women’s dignity and rights: situating Pacific experiences, Mere Pulea


Part III: From Aspirations to Entitlements

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

12. Realising universal rights in national jurisdictions


Part IV: Afterword

13. CEDAW and the Committee: personal reflections, Savitri Goonesekera

14. CEDAW: reflections on the framework in the context of culture, Farida Shaheed

15. Reflections on CEDAW, Radhika Coomaraswamy

16. Endnote, Meena Shivdas and Sarah Coleman