The SAGE Handbook of Human Rights will comprise a two volume set consisting of more than 50 original chapters that clarify and analyze human rights issues of both contemporary and future importance. The Handbook will take an inter-disciplinary approach, combining work in such traditional fields as law, political science and philosophy with such non-traditional subjects as climate change, demography, economics, geography, urban studies, mass communication, and business and marketing. In addition, one of the aspects of mainstreaming is the manner in which human rights has come to play a prominent role in popular culture, and there will be a section on human rights in art, film, music and literature.

Not only will the Handbook provide a state of the art analysis of the discipline that addresses the history and development of human rights standards and its movements, mechanisms and institutions, but it will seek to go beyond this and produce a book that will help lead to prospective thinking.

Human Rights, Women and Gender

Human rights, women and gender
Chiseche SalomeMibenge


Many post-war international human rights treaties, constitutions and domestic laws across the globe reiterate the principle of a fundamental right to equality and non-discrimination as a basis for a civilized society. Notwithstanding the dense network of human rights instruments adopted at the domestic, regional and international levels, unequal treatment is a pervasive reality for women and many other social groups. Women ‘as women’ and also as members of contemporary emancipatory social movements have been tireless in both the critique and invocation of a human rights discourse in order to further their claims for equality in their private and public lives. Some of the most pressing challenges to women's equal enjoyment of their rights can be ...

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