"Gender and Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights"

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Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights in International Law: Contemporary Issues and Challenges
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This chapter examines the impact of a gender perspective on economic, social, and cultural (ESC) rights. It argues that women's equal enjoyment of ESC rights with men is central to their relationships with the state, their community, private employers, and within their family. The chapter first traces the development of the concept of 'gender' that emerged in the international agenda in the 1980s, analysing how this development has taken place along with the key role played by UN human rights treaty bodies in promoting equal ESC rights. It then considers a number of challenges to women's enjoyment of ESC rights, including gender-based violence, economic inequality, the feminization of poverty, the gendered dimensions of armed conflict, and the political economy of conflict.

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