Bookphoria with Victoria : The Rights of Women Part One

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.

Suggested Reading:  

Women and International Human Rights in Modern Times : A Contemporary Casebook /Rosa Celorio. (2022) 

ISBN: 9781800889385. Ebook Permalink (for LU users) 

From the publisher: 

This casebook provides an overview of the main international and regional legal standards related to the human rights of women and explores their development and practical application in light of contemporary times, challenges, and advances. It navigates the nuances of the ongoing problems of discrimination and gender-based violence, and analyzes them in the context of modern challenges, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the MeToo movement and its aftermath, the growth of non-state actors, environment and climate change, sexual orientation and gender identity, and the digital world, among others.

Incorporating lessons learned from her experiences as a practitioner and a law professor, the author navigates and provides snapshots of priority issues and themes in the field of the human rights of women. In each chapter, students are encouraged to reflect and answer questions alluding to the intricacies, challenges, and advances in the protection and exercise of women’s rights in modern times. The chapters also include many case judgments, decisions, views, and general recommendations adopted by universal and regional bodies and courts advancing the development of women human rights issues. This analysis is complemented by key scholarship, reports, and statements produced in the area of the human rights of women and its different features.

Students of issues concerning human rights, women, gender equality, and international law will attain a thorough understanding of the field through this contemporary casebook. 

International law and violence against women : Europe and the Istanbul Convention / edited by Johanna Niemi, Lourdes Peroni, and Vladislava Stoyanova. (2021)

On the RWI shelf under 61:1 INT – ISBN: 9781032173535 

From the publisher: 

This book offers an in-depth and critical analysis of the Istanbul Convention, along with discussions on its impact and implications. 

The work highlights the place of the Convention in the landscape of international law and policies on violence against women and equality. The authors argue that the Convention with its emphasis on integrated and comprehensive policies has an important role in promoting equality, but they also note the debates on “genderism” that the Convention has triggered in some member states. The book analyses central concepts of the Convention, including violence, gender and due diligence. It takes up major commitments of the parties to the Convention, including support and services to victims, criminal law provisions and protection of migrant women against violence. The book thus makes a major contribution to the development of national laws, policies and practice. 

It provides a valuable guide for policy-makers, students and academics in international human rights law, criminal and social law, social policy, social work and gender studies. 

Afghanistan remembers : gendered narrations of violence and culinary practices / Parin Dossa. (2014)

On the RWI Shelf under 69:1 DOS – ISBN:  9781442647244 

From the publisher: 

Although extensive literature exists on the violence of war, little attention has been given to the ways in which this violence becomes entrenched and normalized in the inner recesses of everyday life. In Afghanistan Remembers, Parin Dossa examines Afghan women’s recall of violence through memories and food practices in their homeland and its diaspora. Her work reveals how the suffering and trauma of violence has been rendered socially invisible following decades of life in a war-zone. 

Dossa argues that it is necessary to acknowledge the impact of violence on the familial lives of Afghan women along with their attempts at recovery under difficult circumstances. Informed by Dossa’s own story of family migration and loss, Afghanistan Remembers is a poignant ethnographic account of the trauma of war. She calls on the reader to recognize and bear witness to the impact of deeper forms of violence. 

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