Nearly twenty years have passed since the entry into force of the
Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
Women (The Convention). Heralded as the most progressive international
instrument on women's rights, the Convention drew worldwide attention
to a long-neglected area within the human rights movement. Parting
strategies with previous international instruments of general human rights
protection, the Convention envisioned a broader notion of equality
between the sexes, beyond the norm of anti-differentiation. It aspired to
eliminate the subordination of women in political, economic, legal, and
cultural spheres, and obliged states to craft systemic responses to ensure
"Beyond the Rhetoric: Strategies for Effecting Change in Women's Human Rights',"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 5.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol4/iss1/5