Women's Rights

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Women’s Rights and Human Rights

This paper seeks to investigate women’s rights on a global basis. I will review several articles, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDW) and UN Resolution 1325 to try to discover commonalities and links to the repression of women and the ingredients for the fulfillment of women’s rights. The first article, The Political Repression of Women, by Conway Henderson, is an excellent study and good cross section analysis of the variables and vulnerabilities that women face. The second article, Foreign Military Intervention and Women’s Rrights, by Dursun Peksen studies the effect that military interventions have on women’s rights. Natalie Hudson takes a look at traditional theories of securitization of state interest in the third article, and Poe, et al seeks to investigate global patterns that are necessary in order for women to achieve equality. In the fifth article Richards and Gelleny research Women’s Status and Economic Globalization as a means to try to find causal links and the impact that economic globalization has on the rights of women. Finally, I will review the CEDW and resolution 1325 to see how key provisions may impact women’s rights. Conway Henderson tries to bring forth a new concept of political repression of women. Conway suggested that female challenges to traditional male roles may serve as a catalyst for violence against women. He suggests that repression directed at women may be caused by the "structural relationships of power, domination, and privilege favoring men over women." (Henderson, 1035) Conway hypothesizes about an ongoing push-pull relationship between empowerment and the weakness of women. He argues that it is the dynamics of these two factors that often facilitates repressive behavior. Henderson indicates that in societies where women create socioeconomic and political changes this empowerment may challenge their governments. Political...
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