On April 14, 2000, the UCLA Journal of International Law and Foreign Affairs (JILFA) sponsored a symposium titled Colonizing Women: The Ethical and Legal Issues Surrounding Systematic Gender and Race Discrimination. The symposium brought scholars from across the globe together to discuss the international community’s conflicting reactions to race and gender discrimination. Participants included Ann Elizabeth Mayer, Ruth Halperin-Kaddari, Nancy Gallagher, Mark Sawyer, Khaled Abou El Fadl, Frances Olsen, Arthur Rosett, Carole Pateman, Terree Bowers, Afaf Marsout and Ebrahim Moosa. This issue of JILFA is a compilation of the written work of several participants. The articles in this issue, which come from a broad range of academic disciplines, reflect the general dialogue of the symposium and reveal many unique insights. Available online at HeinOnline, Westlaw, or LexisNexis.
Negotiating Human Rights Through Language, by Khaled Abou El Fadl. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 229.
Khaled Abou El Fadl’s article introduces this issue and sets forth the important questions addressed within.
A “Benign” Apartheid: How Gender Apartheid Has Been Rationalized, by Ann Elizabeth Mayer. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 237.
Ann Elizabeth Mayer’s article analyzes the situation of women in the Middle East and describes a systematic pattern of gender discrimination with characteristics similar to racial apartheid in North Africa.
Women, Religion and Multiculturalism in Israel, by Ruth Halperin-Kaddari. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 339.
Ruth Halperin-Kaddari’s article examines gender discrimination within her own community of Israel. Her first-hand account looks at how religion affects the feminist movement in Israel.
The International Campaign against Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan, by Nancy Gallagher. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 367.
Nancy Gallagher’s article describes the systematic gender discrimination present in Afghanistan. Gallagher analyzes the international campaign against gender discrimination in Afghanistan and takes a realistic look at the effects of the campaign.
Unlocking the Official Story: Comparing the Cuban Revolution’s Approach to Race and Gender, by Mark Sawyer. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 403.
Mark Sawyer, who has done extensive research in Cuba, contributed the article Unlocking the Official Story: Comparing the Cuban Revolution ‘s Approach to Race and Gender. In addition to describing the situation of women in Cuba, Sawyer’s article examines how political figures have used the issues of race and gender discrimination to advance their own political agendas.
COMMENT: The Inadequacy of International Human Rights Law to Protect the Rights of Women as Illustrated by the Crisis in Afghanistan, by Eve McCabe. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 419.
Eve McCabe’s comment evaluates the role of international law in dealing with human rights violations against women.
COMMENT: International Law: A Solution or a Hindrance Towards Resolving the Asian Comfort Women Controversy?, by Timothy Tree. 5 UCLA J. Int’l L. & Foreign Aff. 461.
Timothy Tree’s comment talks about the history of comfort women in Asia and how it resulted from gender discriminating ideologies.
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