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Intersectionality in the Human Rights Legal Framework on Violence against Women
At the Centre or the Margins?


  • Author: Lorena Sosa, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
  • Date Published: December 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316623527

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  • While gender has become a cornerstone of the current human rights framework on violence against women (VAW), a new theoretical concept has been gaining ground and becoming increasingly visible: intersectionality. In response, this book clarifies three main aspects of the incorporation of intersectionality: it identifies the theoretical and practical implications in relation to VAW; it reveals to what extent intersectionality is incorporated in the current human rights framework on VAW; and it provides empirical evidence of the potential benefits and advantages for cases of VAW derived from the application of intersectionality. This book presents a comprehensive view of approaches within three jurisdictions (the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the Inter-American System) and it will appeal to human rights scholars, lawyers and other practitioners, particularly those interested in VAW and diversity.

    • Provides a theoretical discussion of intersectionality by identifying the different approaches found in relevant literature
    • Reveals to what extent intersectionality is already incorporated in the human rights framework on violence against women and the consequences for States
    • Includes empirical evidence of the potential benefits and advantages for cases of violence against women derived from the application of intersectionality
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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316623527
    • length: 304 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Introduction
    2. Intersectionality and violence against women
    Part II. Intersectionality in Law:
    3. The human rights framework on violence against women
    4. Intersectionality in the United Nations
    5. Intersectionality in the Council of Europe and inter-American system
    Part III. Intersectionality in Practice:
    6. Empirical case in Europe: Romani women and domestic violence
    7. Empirical case in the Americas: women, diversity and domestic violence
    Part IV. Conclusion.

  • Author

    Lorena Sosa, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights
    Lorena Sosa is a Fellow at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights. She is a human rights lawyer and specializes in gender, focusing on intersectional discrimination and violence. She has previously worked as a researcher and lecturer at Universiteit Utrecht, the Netherlands and the International Victimology Institute, Tilburg (INTERVICT). She has participated in a number of European Union projects in the field of violence against women and has given lectures on human rights, gender and law, and victimology. Her dissertation received the Max van der Stoel Award on Human Rights in 2015.

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