The challenge of operating international human rights laws in poor, unequal and educationally deprived citizens.
The collection of essays focuses on the intersections between race, gender, sexuality, class, and nationality that exert a huge influence on human rights conflicts around the world. Using compelling examples, the authors illustrate the central premise that understanding the dynamics of these intersections has important implications for effectively confronting oppression and constructing positive change. Investigating conflicts in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa, and Australia, they also reflect upon political concerns and anxieties worldwide that have grown out of the catasrophe of 9/11. The contributors comprise an internationally diverse group of anthropologists and human rights activists concerned with global, culturally diverse, gendered experiences.
Devaki Jain describes some ground level situations, reviews and dialogues, around the issue of child rights and women's rights, and raises some questions about the frameworks which are currently being used. She argues that women's rights and child rights are a theme that needs to be addressed together far more systematically.