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Part 3 Trends in Decision and Conditioning Factors: Claims Relating to Respect, Ten The Outlawing of Sex-Based Discrimination

From: Human Rights and World Public Order: The Basic Policies of an International Law of Human Dignity (2nd Edition)

Myres S. McDougal, Harold D. Lasswell, Lung-chu Chen

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 08 August 2020

Equality before the law — Gender

This chapter focuses on the concern of the larger global community for outlawing sex-based discrimination. It begins with a factual background on discriminations based upon sex, which generally accord women less favorable treatment than men and deny them the protection and fulfillment of human rights on an equal footing with men. In particular, it considers various deprivations common to women, including those relating to power, enlightenment, well-being, wealth, affection, and rectitude. It then discusses basic community policies on sex-based discrimination, arguing that the most rational general community policy requires the complete emancipation of women, without countenancing the subordination of men. It also examines a range of prescriptions against sex-based discrimination before concluding with proposals for implementation and application of transnational prescriptions designed to secure equality of women with men.

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