WGS 393 • Gender, Law, And Citizenship
4:00 PM-7:00 PM
"Women's Rights are Human Rights" became the rallying cry of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women. Why did the call for women's rights as human rights emerge at this historical moment, and how can we understand its relationship to women's movements across the globe? This course examines the emerging body of feminist human rights work in light of its theoretical assumptions about non-western cultures. How do we best understand the enabling and potentially disenabling aspects of feminist human rights theory? This course tracks the emergence of human rights in the post war period, the development of a movement for women's human rights after the Bosnia atrocities, the debate about women's rights and cultural rights, and concludes by exploring the possibilities for enagaged feminist human rights criticism.
Weekly attendance at seminar and participation in class discussion (20% of grade). In addition, students will be asked to critically examine the human rights reporting of a particular region outside the west and to produce either two short papers (8-10 pages) where the first paper will be based on a question set by the instructor, OR one (15-20 page) research paper developed in consultation with the instructor, due by the end of term. All students will be required to select a country report done by Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch, and to lead the class in a close reading and analysis of that report. The second short paper or long final paper should be based on the country report presented to class.