This chapter is part of the International Human Rights book series (IHR). It examines and critiques the human rights project through the existing literature, as it specifically focuses on women’s rights and minority and indigenous peoples’ rights, theories, and discourses. The sections on ‘Feminism and international law’ and ‘Islam and women’s human rights’ question how these value systems, theories, and ideologies have been constructed and appropriated to exert power and control on different constituencies. The following section on ‘Feminism, gender, and women’s rights’ then dissects the ways in which feminism critiques group rights. This section and the ensuing one on ‘Feminism and group rights’ reveal how, as in many postcolonial contexts, the notion of feminism and who belongs to this category is emerging as a controversial and divisive issue. The concluding section on ‘Minority rights theories and critiques’ investigates what minority and indigenous discourses tell us about power. This section narrows in on approaches that defend group rights as a way to secure rights for specific communities and those that criticize group rights as an ineffective and detrimental way to empower some members over others within a given community.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.