Series 2, No. 3 (Summer 2000): Silence Breaking: The Women's Dimension of the Human Rights Box


The Beijing Platform for Action emerged from the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995. The Beijing +5 meeting, held in New York in summer 2000, assessed the implementation of the Platform in critical areas of concern, including human rights. The Human Rights Initiative contributes to this agenda by focusing on women’s rights. Specifically, what can human rights language and concepts achieve for women and girls at the local level? Is the human rights movement responding to local needs? Are those struggling for gender equity at the local level embracing a human rights framework? If so, why, when, and under what conditions is it successful from their perspective? Local women’s rights advocates from around the world discuss how to mediate between universal rights and conflicting cultural principles towards advancing women’s causes.