The Women's Convention Turned 30

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a treaty for all girls and women in this world. After 30 years, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is still valid and necessary both in developed and in developing States. This image is clearly conveyed by the authors of this book who represent a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds, and who have put the implementation of the provisions in the Convention to the test both in modern and in traditional societies.
Editor(s):
Ingrid Westendorp
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Maastricht Series in Human Rights
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book | published | 1st edition
October 2012 | xxxii + 512 pp.

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ISBN 9781780680859


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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women is a treaty for all girls and women in this world. After 30 years it is still valid and necessary both in developed and in developing States. This image is clearly conveyed by the authors of this book, who represent a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds, and who have put the implementation of the provisions in the Convention to the test both in modern and in traditional societies. In addition, some chapters pay attention to issues that are not contained in the treaty itself but that greatly impact the realization of women’s human rights, such as gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence, and corruption. The strengths and weaknesses, and the future potential of the Convention as well as the work of its monitoring body are critically analyzed and compared to other human rights treaties and organs. It becomes clear that, irrespective of the existing flaws, the Convention is the best option for achieving women’s equality.

With contributions by Margreet de Boer, Martine Boersma, Marjolein van den Brink, Fons Coomans, Tilly Draaisma, Cees Flinterman, Gerard-René de Groot, Sille Jansen, Menno T. Kamminga, Jasper Krommendijk, Pauline Kruiniger, Fleur van Leeuwen, Phyllis Livaha, Zoé Luca, Nishara Mendis, Jule Mulder, Rolanda Oostland, Kate Rose-Sender, Samira Sakhi, Dagmar Schiek, Jennifer Sellin, Laura Visser, Lisa Waddington, Antonia Waltermann, Ingrid Westendorp, Anja Wiesbrock, Marjan Wijers.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents (p. 0)

Chapter 1. Introduction (p. 1)

Ingrid Westendorp

Chapter 2. The United Nations and the Promotion and Protection of Women’s Human Rights: A Work in Progress (p. 13)

Fleur van Leeuwen

Chapter 3. The Essence of Discrimination Against Women: An Interpretation by CEDAW and the European Union (p. 33)

Ingrid Westendorp

Chapter 4. The Principle of Equality (p. 67)

Rolanda Oostland

Chapter 5. Temporary Special Measures under the Women’s Convention and Positive Action under EU Law: Mutually Compatible or Irreconcilable? (p. 95)

Lisa Waddington

Chapter 6. Using Culture to Achieve Equality (p. 111)

Ingrid Westendorp

Chapter 7. ‘Because to me, a Woman Who Speaks in Public is a Public Woman’: 30 Years Women’s Convention and the Struggle to Eliminate Discrimination of Women in the Field of Trafficking and Prostitution (p. 135)

Chapter 8. Articles 7 and 8: The Added Value of the Women’s Convention and the Dutch Case of the Christian Party (p. 163)

Chapter 9. Equal Treatment of Women and Men in Nationality Law (p. 187)

Chapter 10. Barriers to Girls’ Right to Education in Afghanistan (p. 205)

Fons Coomans

Chapter 11. Equal Employment Opportunities and Equal Pay: Measuring EU Law against the Standards of the Women’s Convention (p. 227)

Chapter 12. Women’s Right to Health and International Trade – Special Reference to the GATS and the TRIPS Agreement (p. 249)

Jennifer Sellin

Chapter 13. Eradicating Female Circumcision: Changing a Harmful Social Norm through the Women’s Convention (p. 279)

Chapter 14. Equality and Economic and Social Life Including Implications for the European Union (p. 303)

Dagmar Schiek

Chapter 15. Rural Women’s Right to Land and Housing in Times of Urbanization (p. 325)

Ingrid Westendorp

Chapter 16. Equality of Men and Women before the Law: Towards a New Dutch Law on Names (p. 343)

Chapter 17. Article 16 of the Women’s Convention and the Status of Muslim Women at Divorce (p. 363)

Chapter 18. CEDAW: A Full Human Rights Treaty Body? (p. 395)

Cees Flinterman

Chapter 19. Due Diligence Mania (p. 407)

Menno T. Kamminga

Chapter 20. Reservations to the Women’s Convention: A Muslim Problem Ill-addressed? (p. 417)

Chapter 21. The Optional Protocol to the Women’s Convention: An Assessment of Its Eff ectiveness in Protecting Women’s Rights (p. 435)

Chapter 22. Emerging from the Shadows: Violence Against Women and the Women’s Convention (p. 453)

Chapter 23. The Impact of Corruption upon Women’s Rights: A Neglected Area? (p. 467)

Martine Boersma

Chapter 24. The Impact and Effectiveness of State Reporting under the Women’s Convention: The Case of the Netherlands (p. 487)

Jasper Krommendijk

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Maastricht Series in Human Rights

The Maastricht Series in Human Rights facilitates and supports research in the field of human rights at the Maastricht Centre for Human Rights of Maastricht University’s Faculty of Law. The research is interdisciplinary, with a focus on public international law, criminal law and social sciences.

Volume in the series have been peer reviewed under the responsibility of the Board of the Centre. The Series is published under the editorial supervision of Professor Menno Kamminga and Professor Fons Coomans.

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