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date: 20 October 2020

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This section examines how transnational feminist movements have sought to address issues of human rights, human security, and violence against women. The first chapter discusses international human rights and human security frameworks from a Southern critical feminist perspective, arguing that systemic gender and other forms of inequality within patriarchy underpin women’s subordination and exploitation. The second chapter argues that the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), focused on advancing women’s human rights, was a milestone in transnational feminist praxis. The third chapter considers North American theory and praxis on violence against women, and discusses the tendency of feminist advocacy in the 1970s and 1980s to focus on patriarchy as the root—and often the sole—cause of violence against women. It also assesses the “culture versus rights” dichotomy as well as the de-politicization and professionalization of anti-violence efforts in North America.

Keywords: CEDAW, culture versus rights, human rights, human security, North America, patriarchy, transnational feminist movements, United Nations, violence against women

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