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Copyright (c) 2004 The Georgetown University
 The Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law

SIXTH ANNUAL GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE LAW SYMPOSIUM: Intersecting Identities and Human Rights: The Example of Romani Women's Reproductive Rights

Fall, 2004

5 Geo. J. Gender & L. 897

Author

JOHANNA E. BOND

Excerpt

Historically, feminists have focused on galvanizing broad support for the women's human rights movement by appealing to women's common experiences of violence and discrimination across the globe. 1 Although the broad parameters of gender discrimination may apply universally, many women around the world, particularly in the global South, have begun to challenge a vision of gender discrimination that fails to account for the intersection of gender discrimination and other forms of discrimination based on, inter alia, race, class, religion, sexual orientation, caste, and disability. 2 The result of this challenge has been a growing emphasis on "international intersectionality" 3 in human rights discourse, in which the analyses focus on the intersection of gender discrimination and other forms of discrimination or human rights abuses that occur simultaneously. 4

For decades, advocates fought for recognition of women's rights within the international human rights movement. 5 As a result of these long campaigns, the 1990s witnessed a transformation within the mainstream human rights movement, the effect of which was to broaden the range of abuses constituting human rights violations to include many types of violations commonly perpetrated against women. 6 Despite these victories, however, international campaigns have often focused on gender to the exclusion of other identity categories such as race, class, religion, sexual orientation, caste, and disability. 7 The women's human rights movement's almost singular focus on gender has left many women around the world feeling, at best, dissatisfied and, at worst, abandoned by the movement. Indeed, the United Nations High ...
 
 
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