Discrimination Against Women 's Human Rights

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Essay #2- Prompt #4: Claiming One’s Human Rights
Prompt: Why has it been difficult for indigenous peoples to claim human rights? Was it equally hard to establish women’s human rights to freedom from violence? Consider a series of factors such as the nature of their rights claims and the political context within which these claims were made in discussing the similarities and differences between these two cases and the process through which they became defined as human rights.
The idea that indigenous people have rights is relatively new; the majority of states did not adopt the UN declaration into law, until 2007 (ONCHR 2007). Likewise, The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was not adopted into law until 1979 (United Nations 2009). Both indigenous peoples and women are marginalized communities that have faced social stigmas and institutionalized oppression for centuries in an effort to claim their human rights. While women’s rights seem to be progressing on a larger scale than indigenous peoples’ rights, women’s rights are also a relatively new concept and women have faced many challenges in their fight for equality as well.
A barrier that indigenous people must overcome in their journey to achieving complete equality and their basic human rights is social acceptance and their rights to culture (Donnelly 1989: 215). Indigenous peoples, regardless of origin, have differences in their beliefs and practices that might conflict…
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