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Title:Think Globally, Act Locally: Using International Treaties for Women's Empowerment in East Africa
Author:Tamale, SylviaISNI
Periodical:Agenda: Empowering Women for Gender Equity
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:international agreements
African agreements
human rights
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
Equality and Liberation
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Politics and Government
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10130950.2001.9675999
Abstract:Women activists in Africa need to develop innovative ways to use international treaties and instruments in a way that strengthens domestic guarantees of equality for women in their countries. Of particular importance are international conventions. This paper looks at two treaties, namely, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the African Charter for Human and People's Rights (the Banjul Charter). It first presents an overview of these two instruments and then provides examples of how African women can employ the treaties to advance women's empowerment. The treaties can be used as instruments of political advocacy, and may serve as a human rights framework for gender equity. In the latter context, the author discusses cases from Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Nigeria and Zimbabwe to illustrate how domestic legislation and/or public policy can be interpreted by drawing on international human rights norms. The treaties may also serve as tools for networking and as additional legal fora. Bibliogr., notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]