chapter  12
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Using law and education to make human rights real in women’s real lives

ByNANCY CHI CANTALUPO

Although the above quotation is excerpted from an article primarily concerned with United States domestic law on women’s rights, it is equally applicable to women’s rights in a more international “human rights” context. Since the late 1980s at least, international feminist lawyers have been articulating a series of problems with the usefulness of international law in general and international human rights law in particular for improving the real lives of real women. In the nearly two decades since then, women lawyers and activists throughout the world have been slowly chipping away at these problems. They have not only made remarkable progress but they have transformed aspects of human rights law and activism beyond their applicability to women and gender alone.