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Myths about Women's RightsHow, Where, and Why Rights Advance$
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Feryal M. Cherif

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780190211172

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190211172.001.0001

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Culture, International Norms, and Core Rights Across Issues

Culture, International Norms, and Core Rights Across Issues

Bringing It All Together

(p.167) 8 Culture, International Norms, and Core Rights Across Issues
Myths about Women's Rights

Feryal M. Cherif

Oxford University Press

This chapter summarizes the degree to which cultural, international norms-building, and core rights effectively explain the status of women’s rights. Conventional explanations for why women’s rights advance are either overstated or incomplete across each of the four issues examined. Cultural and religious barriers to gender equality appear weak over many aspects of women’s rights, while international advocacy may only be an efficacious strategy in specific cases. Fostering core rights, however, appears to be a more propitious way to advocate reform. In addition to being more broadly effective, strategies emphasizing core rights may be less controversial, and allow activists to partner with those interested in economic development to improve levels of female education and labor force participation.

Keywords:   international norms, culture, women’s rights, core rights, labor force participation, education, activists

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