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Human Rights for Women: liberation or mere rhetoric?

Speaker: Baroness Helena Kennedy QC
Chair: Lady Hale
March 2004

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Abstract

The subject of human rights fails if it does not empower those whose interests society has traditionally ignored or downplayed. The largest category of such persons comprises an entire gender: women. Has human rights law protected women or has it reinforced male power? Are what seem to be human rights to one culture in fact important indicators of identity to another? On international women's day, the well-known barrister, writer and member of the House of Lords Baroness Helena Kennedy looks at the state of the human rights of women, both in Britain and across the world.

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