As on-site foreign legal practitioners are painfully aware, women are
often at the end of the line when it comes to access or allocation of
resources for development. Fortunately, the re-orientation of the world's
focus towards women's rights as human rights has begun to change that
state of affairs. Complementing this changing focus is the use of
collaborative strategies to pool scarce resources towards a common goal:
the equality of women.
The use of a collaborative strategic model in a women's human rights
project is often poorly understood and applied. This issue is vitally
important to the further advancement of women's human rights because
collaborative strategic models form the structure of an increasing number
of ambitious projects. Therefore, it is imperative that everyone involved
has a clear idea of what a collaborative strategic model is and how to use it
The questions to be addressed in this Note are: Will careful structuring
and maintenance of the project model help human rights advocates exploit
it to its fullest capacity? Can a lack of attention to these details contribute to
the failure of a project? What can be done to ensure that the model
functions at full capacity? Lastly, is the collaborative model the most
appropriate one for the implementation of women's human rights?
I will explore these questions in the context of the implementation of
women's human rights using a particular kind of collaborative strategic
project model that I affectionately call "collaborating with the enemy." My
perspective is that of a foreign legal practitioner who has been invited to
assist in the development and/or implementation of a project involving
women's human rights.
Matzanke, Deanna D.B
"Working with the "Enemy": Collaborating in the Implementation of Women's Human Rights,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 7.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol4/iss1/7