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Esther M. Kisakye /
Gerd Oberleithner (eds.):
The Human Rights of Women. International Instruments and African Experiences.
London – New York:
Zed Books, 2002.
With this reader, the editors provide a complete compilation of the international instruments for the human rights of women and highlight the experiences that have been made with the attempts to implement these rights in Africa. Well-known experts in international law, human rights and the law of nations of national and international organisations deliberate about forms of discrimination of women in political, social and economic fields. The articles formed the basis for a postgraduate education programme and for collaborative projects between universities in Austria and Uganda from 1993 to 1999 and their level of quality and information content is accordingly high. The implementation of women's rights is not any easy task to achieve and involves
The first part of the book is devoted to international instruments and organisations, which are described in detail, and points to strategies that allow for the difference which continues to exist with regard to the de iure and de facto participation of women in human rights to be bridged. At the center of the interest of experts lies the way in which international instruments have entered the national systems of law of different countries, as well as a comparison between European and African systems for the protection of human rights.
In the second part, experiences that have been made in Africa are retold. There,