Rebecca  Adami Author of Evaluating Organization Development

Rebecca Adami

Stockholm University

Dr. Rebecca Adami, PhD is currently Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, SOAS University of London (School of Oriental and African Studies). Former Fulbright Scholar at the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College as well as at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University. Research Areas: •Philosophy of Education •Human Rights •Women and UN History


The Women Behind The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Rights Info, UK)
In a new book entitled ‘Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights’, academic Rebecca Adami shines a light on the other, lesser known but no less important, trailblazing female delegates to the UN who were greatly involved in the drafting of the Declaration.

Human Rights Day: Women left indelible mark on UN Declaration (CGTN, China)
As the world marks the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations on December 10, 1948, it is intriguing to know that had it not been for the efforts of women, even the words "human" and "women" would not have found a place in the document as the word "man" was meant to include both the genders at the time, as revealed by Stockholm University senior lecturer Rebecca Adami in her recent book.


Featured Title
 Featured Title - Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights - 1st Edition book cover


Studier i Pedagogisk Filosofi, 6:1, pp.56-68

In a Man's Words - the politics of female representation in the Public

Published: Mar 27, 2018 by Studier i Pedagogisk Filosofi, 6:1, pp.56-68
Authors: Rebecca Adami

In this paper, I explore the public reception of two female thinkers who question, in different ways, the dominant notion of the author or philosopher as a male subject; what kind of limitations does the relative notion of ‘female’ pose political action, and how can privilege constitute a hindrance to feminist solidarity?

Journal of Human Rights

Intersectional dialogue - analyzing power in reaching a universal declaration on human rights in 1948

Published: Aug 28, 2017 by Journal of Human Rights
Authors: Rebecca Adami

The concept of “intersectional dialogue” is developed in the article to analyze intersections of power in dialogue, specifically in analyzing the relations between the particular and the universal in the negotiations surrounding the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The concept of intersectional dialogue helps illustrate how people relate to different social affiliations, as power relations central to dialogue are not static but change with context, setting, and group dynamics.

Policy Futures

A narratable self as addressed by human rights

Published: Jun 22, 2017 by Policy Futures
Authors: Rebecca Adami

The paper extends the critique in earlier research of human rights as exclusive of otherness and difference by introducing the work of Adriana Cavarero (2000) on a narratable self. Hence, the formation of human rights is thus about the relations between different narratable selves, not just Western ones. A narrative learning, drawing on Cavarero (2000), shifts the focus in human rights learning from learning about the other to exposing one’s life story narrative through relationality.

Journal of Research on Women and Gender

On Subalternity and Representation: Female and Post Colonial Subjects Claiming Universal Human Rights in 1948

Published: Nov 01, 2015 by Journal of Research on Women and Gender
Authors: Rebecca Adami

This paper draws on Gayatri Spivak’s work on subalternity by exploring the possibilities and constrains of female representation in relation to change. How can subalternity be understood in relation to women’s history in the aftermath of the social crisis that led to the drafting of the UDHR? The study emphasizes the participation of these women as having been crucial for the political articulation of human rights as an inclusive concept.


The women who shaped the Universal Declaration

Published: Jan 09, 2019

Eleanor Roosevelt’s leading role as Chairperson of the drafting committee of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has been well documented. But other women also played essential parts in shaping the document. Some of them, and their contributions to the inclusion of women’s rights in the Universal Declaration, are featured here.* * Source: Women and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Rebecca Adami, Routledge, 2018