Gendered Human Rights, Human Dignity, and Intersecting Inequalities

Tuesday, 12 July 2016: 10:45-12:15
Location: Hörsaal I (Neues Institutsgebäude (NIG))
RC32 Women in Society (host committee)
TG03 Human Rights and Global Justice

Language: English

We know people all over the world continue to seek substantive human rights that affirm their right to build lives of human dignity. Despite a strand of rhetoric, we also know the history of organizing for human rights by people, including female leaders, from the Global South and marginalized groups in the Global North. 
In this session, we wish to showcase contemporary cases and/or analyses of human rights beyond narrow legal definitions enshrined in documents. We are interested in papers that discuss the role of women and/or marginalized groups in making claims on states, communities, and international entities in order to construct lives of human dignity, the challenges they face in organizing for rights, and/or thinking about substantive human rights and their application and accessibility in different contexts. 
While we will feature papers that fit this larger theme of gendered rights and human dignity, we are specifically interested in papers that reflect the contentious politics between states, corporations, INGOs, NGOs, and marginalized groups and communities over critical resources such as water, environment, food, and other resources that threaten the survival of many groups in the 21st century, even as their rights to these resources are being written into UN conventions.
Session Organizers:
Bandana PURKAYASTHA, University of Connecticut, USA, Anurekha CHARI WAGH, Savitribal Phule University, India and Shweta MAJUMDAR ADUR, Women's Studies, USA
Shweta MAJUMDAR ADUR, California State University, Fullerton, USA
Development of Global Professional Groups in Dignity Protection before the European Court of Human Rights
Anatoly BOYASHOV, St. Petersburg State University, Russia; Alexander KUTEYNIKOV, St. Petersburg State University, Russia
Labour Rights for Commercial Sex Workers in Jamaica: Implications for Social Policy and Development.
Rashalee MITCHELL, The University of the West Indies Mona campus, Jamaica, Jamaica