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date: 22 October 2020

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This chapter discusses human rights, human security, and gender justice and analyzes how they intersect with deepening poverty, increasing inequalities, and ongoing violations of people’s fundamental human rights. These concepts are also defined and their distinctions, complementarities, and relationships examined. It traces the sites and events in which critical feminist analysis led to turning points in human rights advances for women and analyzes key issues in feminist discourses on human rights and human security. The chapter engages with questions such as: How do gender, race, class, spatial, and religious identities intersect in local and global spaces within which women challenge the denial of rights and security? How are the imperatives of gender equality and equity being addressed within national, regional, and global arenas? What knowledge and insights have transnational feminist movements acquired over the years that inform policy activism toward transforming existing development processes?

Keywords: citizenship, conflict, democracy, economic and social justice, human security, governance, militarism, postconflict reconstruction, war, women’s human rights

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