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On the Edge of Silence-Gender within Human Rights Discourse

Gender within Human Rights Discourse Veena Poonacha THE language of human rights occupies a pre-eminent position in the various discourses of political philosophy today. Having grown out of the liberal traditions of the 18th century, it has evolved into a complex stratagem to explicate the demands of various groups. It is now widely recognised, that the characterisation of a specific goal as a human right accords to it a degree of immunity from challenge and endows it with an aura of immutability and universal validity [Alston 1986]. The assertion of rights has the potential of expressing political vision, affirming the humanity of the group and contributes in no small measure towards the development of the individual, It simultaneously provides impetus for the collective development of a social or political movement particularly in its infancy [Schneider, cited in Alston 1986).

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