1st Edition

Human Rights and Gender Politics Asia-Pacific Perspectives

    256 Pages
    by Routledge

    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    First Published in 2004. As the new millennium leaves behind the most violent of centuries, human rights activists and international agencies are looking to a new Age of Rights. Feminists have been prominent among those struggling 'from below' to reconstruct human rights: the slogan 'women's rights are human rights' has become a central claim of the global women's movement; feminist theorists have argued for an explicit inclusion of women and gender in human rights tenets; and United Nations forums have become central sites of an energetic new global feminist 'public', providing unprecedented avenues for feminist initiatives and action. It is clear, however, that feminist re-shapings of human rights have been engaged in complex conversations with both human rights claims and with feminist and gender politics in all their many local versions. The contributors to this volume address these complex conversations through a number of case studies within the Asia-Pacific region.

    Chapter 1 Introduction, Maila Stivens; Chapter 2 Sexual violence, silence, and human rights discourse, Vera Mackie; Chapter 3 The state and the women’s movement, Kalpana Ram; Chapter 4 Dead daughters, dissident sons, and human rights in China, Antonia Finnane; Chapter 5 The human rights of gendered citizens, Krishna Sen; Chapter 6 Woman ikat raet long human raet o no?, Margaret Jolly; Chapter 7 ‘Hear us, women of Papua New Guinea!’, Martha Macintyre; Chapter 8 The Contemplacion fiasco, Anne-Marie Hilsdon; Chapter 9 Mothers of the disappeared in the diaspora, Beryl Langer; Chapter 10 The emergence of ‘modern’ gay identities and the question of human rights, Dennis Altman;


    Anne-Marie Hilsdon is Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and Sociology and Vera Mackie is Foundation Professor of Japanese Studies, at Curtin University, Australia. Martha Macintyre is Senior Lecturer in Medical Anthropology and Maila Stivens is Director of Women’s Studies, both based at the University of Melbourne, Australia.