Here to present you with the second Bookphoria with Victoria for this month. March brings about the global observance of International Women’s Day, celebrated annually on the 8th. This holiday not only celebrates women and their achievements, but it also brings attention to issues such as gender equality, violence and abuse against women, reproductive rights, and access to education. IWD compels us all to think about all the work that has been done for Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and the work still to come in building a just and equitable world.
Sexual orientation, gender identity and international human rights law : common law perspectives / Kerry O’Halloran. (2020)
On the RWI Shelf under 69:2 HAL – ISBN: 9781138337060
From the publisher:
This book identifies, analyses and discusses the nexus of legal issues that have emerged in recent years around sexuality and gender. It audits these against specific human rights requirements and evaluates the outcomes as evidenced in the legislation and caselaw of six leading common law jurisdictions. Beginning with a snapshot of the legal definitions and sanctions associated with the traditional marital family unit, the book examines the subsequently evolving key concepts and constructs before outlining the contemporary international framework of human rights as it relates to matters of sexuality and gender. It proceeds by identifying a set of themes, including the rights to identity, to form a family, to privacy, to equality and to non-discrimination, and undertakes a comparative evaluation of how these and other themes indicate areas of commonality and difference in the approaches adopted in those common law jurisdictions, as illustrated by the associated legislation and caselaw. It then considers why this should be and assesses the implications.
Darkness Now Visible : Patriarchy’s Resurgence and Feminist Resistance / Carol Gilligan, David A. J. Richards (2018)
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From the publisher:
In the fall of 2016 those promoting patriarchal ideals saw their champion Donald Trump elected president of the United States and showed us how powerful patriarchy still is in American society and culture. Darkness Now Visible: Patriarchy’s Resurgence and Feminist Resistance explains how patriarchy and its embrace of misogyny, racism, xenophobia, homophobia, and violence are starkly visible and must be recognized and resisted. Carol Gilligan and David A. J. Richards offer a bold and original thesis: that gender is the linchpin that holds in place the structures of unjust oppression through the codes of masculinity and femininity that subvert the capacity to resist injustice. Feminism is not an issue of women only, or a battle of women versus men – it is the key ethical movement of our age.
Women’s human rights a social psychological perspective on resistance, liberation, and justice / edited by Shelly Grabe. (2020)
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At a United Nations conference in 1995, 189 governments adopted the Beijing Platform for Action, an international agenda for women’s equality and a statement of women’s rights as human rights. Since that time, violations of women’s human rights have become a widely-documented problem across many academic disciplines, international organizations, and activist social movements. Nevertheless, violations against women occur unabated despite widespread commitments internationally to draw increased attention to women’s experiences. Given that a focus on women’s rights was first put forth two decades ago, the question remains: why do egregious violations of women’s rights continue?
Edited by Shelly Grabe, Women’s Human Rights: A Social Psychological Perspective on Resistance, Liberation, and Justice contributes to the discussion of why women’s human rights warrants increased focus in the context of globalization and how psychology can provide the currently missing, but necessary, links between transnational feminism and the discourse on women’s human rights and neoliberalism. This volume takes a radically different approach to women’s human rights by turning its attention to a variety of disciplines and, as a result, develops new ideas regarding how psychology can be relevant in the study or actualization of women’s human rights. By doing so, it makes it very clear for readers as to how activist scholarship can make a unique contribution to the defense of women’s rights.
Rather than using examples that have been sensationalized throughout academia and advocacy (i.e. genital mutilation), each of this book’s contributing authors has used examples (rape, sexual orientation, homelessness, civic participation, violence) of specific human rights violations that occur the world over in their attempt to make the relevance of psychology to this topic more visible to the reader.
Part one of Bookphoria With Victoria on the rights of women.