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Genealogy of Activist Categories

womens rights



The categories listed below on women, gender, and human rights activism draw inspiration from several key documents. One important text has been the Convention On The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women that was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979 and is often described as the "international bill of rights for women." The Austin Activist Guide also considers documents drafted at the four United Nations-sponsored conferences on women that include Mexico (1975), Copenhagen (1980), Nairobi (1985), and Beijing (1995). Finally the Yogyakarta Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2007) have been employed in conceptualizing categories that define activism on women, gender, and human rights.

The ECHRI has relied upon these documents because of their importance in shaping an understanding of women, gender, and human rights advocacy in the international human rights community. However, the initiative recognizes that many other resources could be employed to help define these categories.



Community                         Media                                   Science & Technology

Education                           Migration                              Shelter

Environment                       Race and Ethnicity                 Work

Health                                Religion

Law                                   Sexualities (LGBTQ)


Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. "Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women - Convention." Last modified 2007.

The United Nations. "Outcomes on Gender and Equality." Last modified 2007.

The Yogakarta Principles. "The Yogakarta Principles: The Application of International Human Rights Law in Relation to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity." Last modified 2006.

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