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Gender, Violence, and Human SecurityCritical Feminist Perspectives$
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Aili Mari Tripp, Myra Marx Ferree, and Christina Ewig

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814770207

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814770207.001.0001

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Violence against Women, Human Security, and Human Rights of Women and Girls

Violence against Women, Human Security, and Human Rights of Women and Girls

Reinforced Obligations in the Context of Structural Vulnerability

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Gender, Violence, and Human Security

Ruth Rubio-Marín

Dorothy Estrada-Tanck

NYU Press

This chapter focuses on the emergence of an international legal framework that considers human security not as an alternative to human rights but as a way of strengthening and expanding that concept. Indeed, human security adds value to human rights interpretations as a framework to reinforce concrete state obligations in contexts of structural vulnerability. These are often experienced by women and girls, so the synergy makes both perspectives more gender sensitive and better able to respond appropriately to women's and girl's needs. At the same time, a more gender-sensitive concept of human security may contribute to underline the structural inequalities and discrimination that cause general conditions of vulnerabilities for women and girls—conditions that are hard to address when looking at individual violations of human rights as isolated events. Altogether, such an approach should encourage a proactive rather than a reactive or defensive attitude on the part of the state.

Keywords:   human security, human rights, structural vulnerability, gender-sensitive human security, structural inequalities, discrimination

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