Contracting Human Rights
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Contracting Human Rights

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Edited by Alison Brysk and Michael Stohl

By chronicling the continuing contest over the reach, range, and regime of rights, Contracting Human Rights analyzes the way forward in an era of many challenges. This multidisciplinary book contributes to building understanding of the maturation of human rights, from a dissident doctrine to a dynamic parameter of global governance and civil society. Through an examination of both global and local challenges to human rights, including loopholes, backlash, accountability, and new opportunities to move forward, this book analyzes trends across multiple-issue areas.
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Chapter 17: Contesting the citizenship gap: advocacy, core rights, and women’s rights reform

Crisis, Accountability, and Opportunity

Feryal M. Cherif


Across nearly all issue-areas women remain unequal to men. Despite substantial reform, there is a persistent citizenship gap between men and women. This gap appears to be narrowing more quickly in some countries than others. Along with advocacy-based mechanisms, cultivating women’s core rights, namely education and labor force participation, appear to foster resources critical for the advancement of other rights. Examining four issues-areas, the empirical analyses suggest that the citizenship gap is contracting in places that invest more in women’s rights advocacy and the education of girls, and to a lesser extent, where women are better integrated into the workforce.

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