Fundamentalisms and Women's Rights
There have recently been a number of shocking attacks on women given high profile in the international news – including the abduction of nearly 300 girls in Nigeria by Boko Haram, a Sudanese woman given the death sentence for refusing to renounce Christianity and a very visible ‘honour killing’ of a woman on the steps of the Lahore High Court. Violence Against Women, and a general lack of respect for the principles of human rights, is a common feature of fundamentalisms. The issue of women – especially imposing control around their roles, movements and bodies – is one of the central focuses of all fundamentalist discourses.
This guide features a handful of excellent resources on this difficult and broad issue including: practical guidance on fundamentalisms for human rights activists; regional studies into Christian and Islamic fundamentalist discourses around sexual and reproductive health and rights; recommendations on broadening understanding and developing more nuanced approaches to tackling fundamentalisms; an overview of women’s rights in the Middle East and North Africa region.