Encyclopedia of Global Justice

2011 Edition
| Editors: Deen K. Chatterjee

Gender Justice

  • Monica Mookherjee
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-9160-5_28

While advances have been made toward sex equality around the world today, significant issues of gender justice remain to be addressed. One of the key ways in which progress has been made globally has been in terms of international covenants that protect women’s human rights. However, some feminists contend that the focus on rights involves a problematic and incomplete approach to gender injustice, particularly in the private or domestic sphere. Here persistent and often hidden problems include intimate partner violence, unequal access to food and other important resources, and the perpetuation of unequal gendered roles in work and the division of labor. Such issues might require a more communitarian response than a rights-based approach might offer. Feminists have usually focused on the historical exclusion of women from right-holding and citizenship through masculine constructions of politics. The broad implication that they draw is that, as women have often historically been...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Monica Mookherjee
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  1. 1.SPIRE (Politics, International Relations and Philosophy)Keele UniversityKeeleUK