If women’s rights are indeed women’s rights (Vienna Conference on Human Rights, 1993) then why are we still in so much pain? This question is particularly pressing as we move towards the 2015 Beijing+20 celebrations and the launch of the post 15-Sustainable Development agenda. This paper argues that while there have been significant normative gains, not least in the area of violence against women, there has also been an enormous backlash in other respects, including in on reproductive rights and the resistance and refusal by some states to recognize that, being human, people belonging to LGBTI communities are also entitled to the coverage and protection of human rights.
Fareda Banda is Professor of Law at the School of Oriental and African Studies in the University of London. She is at NYU for the fall semester on the Hauser Global programme affiliated to the Law School. While at NYU she is teaching two courses, Human Rights of Women and Law and Society in Africa. Fareda has published widely in the area of human rights focusing on the rights of African Women.