Journal Article

Gender and democratic citizenship: the impact of CEDAW

Frances Raday

in International Journal of Constitutional Law

Published on behalf of The New York University School of Law

Volume 10, issue 2, pages 512-530
Published in print March 2012 | ISSN: 1474-2640
Published online March 2012 | e-ISSN: 1474-2659 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/icon/mor068
Gender and democratic citizenship: the impact of CEDAW

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The substantive equality provisions of CEDAW provide theoretical and normative tools to contend with the growing challenges of traditionalist cultural and religious patriarchy and neoliberal exploitation of women. This holds out promise but a large gap exists between normative policy and social practice. The promise of de jure and de facto equality for women cannot be fulfilled by law and philosophy alone. It remains to translate the formulation and commitment into political, economic, and social action, which will secure women’s capacity to participate as equal actors in the public sphere, to have equal opportunity in the economy, and to live in a state of equal autonomy to that of men in the family. This is the meaning of democratic citizenship for women and it is a condition precedent for a viable democracy for men and women alike.

Journal Article.  9567 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law ; UK Politics

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