Reading Response #3

Reading Response #3 - John Yim Professor Adunbi AAS 103 25...

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John Yim Professor Adunbi AAS 103 25 October 2011 Reading Response to Merry’s “Human Rights and Gender Violation” In Chapter 3, Merry proceeds to look at the international promulgation of women’s rights. She states that universalism is the idea that there are minimal standards of human dignity that must be protected in all societies. And in order for this to happen, there must be an elimination of laws and institutional practices that treat women in discriminatory ways. But when committee members of the U.N. asked questions about the extent of gender violence and the strategies that government’s were taking to reduce it, a dilemma arose. Most government officials argued that gender violence was a conflict associated with the basic cultural, legal, and religious tenets of that country. Because of this, they began to accept the mindset of compliancy and found it inevitable to create social change within gender violence. She then explicates the disjunctions between international rights and rights
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