The Rights Of A Woman 's Esc Rights

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In Africa a majority of women still lack the ability to exercise their rights. This is relevant for both economic, social, and cultural rights, as well as civil and political rights. The issue with the combination of the two is that when a woman’s ESC rights are infringed upon, it directly, negatively impacts their ability to exercise their civil rights. The inability to utilize civil political rights makes it difficult for women to take place in policy change and political decision making (Ssenyonjo 42). In order for women to have a seat at the table when it comes to long term change, it is necessary that they have the necessary economic, social, and cultural rights. Despite treaties that attempt to grant these rights, very little concrete progress has actually been made. Many blame this lack of change on culture, which is defined by Manisuli Ssenyonjo as “inherited ideas, beliefs, values, and knowledge, which constitute the shares bases of social action” (50). Culture is also seen as the interpretation of colonial rule by a long standing patriarchal society and leadership, that has been in place for centuries (Tamale 51). However, despite those who see culture as an obstacle to introducing human rights to a community, it is imperative that the culture of the nation in question must be considered, not only when implementing the new law, but when they are being written by international groups as well. Otherwise there is no hope of the human rights actually being inserted

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