Essay on The Discourses Surrounding Human Rights

867 Words Nov 17th, 2016 4 Pages
The discourses surrounding human rights has been mobilized from multiple political environments with varying results by the constituents of the post-war nation-state. Post-war social liberalism, indigenous peoples, and gender scholarships have all become vehicles in ascertaining claim to immigrant, women, indigenous and minority identity. The articulated agendas for social justice can be observed in Joanne Barker’s, “Gender, Sovereignty, and the Discourse of Rights in Native Women 's Activism”, Janine Brodie’s, “We Are All Equal Now: Contemporary Gender Politics in Canada”, and Jill Vickers’, “Is Federalism Gendered? Incorporating Gender into Studies of Federalism”. Vickers set out to conceptualize questions, concepts, and hypotheses that emerge when integrating gender with federalism scholarship. According to gender-focused academic research, masculine norms continue to be the basis for defining political concepts. Women’s activism remains to be the most fundamental instrument to increasing women’s political power. This activism tends to present itself in the form of public movements and interest groups. The political sphere continues to be dominated by male values in authority, sovereignty, power, and leadership which only impedes attempts of making political change to the gender-oppressive state. The remnants of the restrictive gender regime continue to keep women politically marginalized through constricting constitutions. This can be further analyzed by utilizing a…

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