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Local Action/Global Change: A Handbook on Women's Rights Paperback – August 30, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1594515156 ISBN-10: 1594515158

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers (August 30, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594515158
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594515156
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.8 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,458 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Provides a wide range of women s human rights training exercises from around the world. --The People's Movement for Human Rights Education

This is an essential handbook for international organizations, NGOs, governments, judiciary and law enforcement entities especially for training purposes. The most important aspect is the ACTION orientation, which will enable women and their allies to make concrete moves in their communities and nations for change. --Nancie Caraway, Director, Women s Human Rights Projects, University of Hawaii Manoa

A comprehensive, well-conceived, thoughtfully designed handbook ... an indispensable tool for human rights trainers and activists around the globe. --Mahnaz Afkhami, Founder and President, Women s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace

About the Author

Julie A. Mertus is Associate Professor and Codirector of the MA program in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs at American University. She has worked on human rights education in more than 20 countries and has authored numerous publications on human rights. Her book Bait and Switch: Human Rights and U.S. Foreign Policy (Routledge 2004) was named human rights book of the year by the American Political Science Association Human Rights Section. Nancy Flowers is a writer, editor, and human rights consultant. Recent publications include Compasito, a manual for childrens human rights education (Council of Europe 2007) and Human Rights. YES! Action and Advocacy on the Rights of People with Disabilities (University of Minnesota Human Rights Center 2007).

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Format: Paperback
The authors take a global survey of the status of women. Much of the work was sponsored by the United Nations, thru UNIFEM. There is reference to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and what this means for women and girls. This extends to a right to health, and reproductive health, ie. sex education, contraception and abortion. But other rights include having equal access to education, employment, and to an adequate standard of living.

All this reflects a reality that for millions of women, there is little of the above. The book contains numerous examples from various countries about persistent discrimination suffered by women.

The book has many learning activities, making it suitable as a textbook in gender studies or sociology.
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