A gendered approach to rights fundamentally shifts the way that rights are understood by bringing an analysis of power relations across a variety of dimensions of experiences of rights. By focusing on how power is experienced in different areas of life, a gendered approach can assist in the development of holistic strategies that address the causes of powerlessness and inequality, helping to make rights substantive. Drawing on the experiences of the women's human rights movement over the last three decades, this article explores some of the main contributions that a gendered approach can make to understanding how rights can be used in practice to address exclusion and marginalisation. These examples help to show how rights are experienced, have meaning, and are mediated by power relations and demonstrate the potential of rights to be part of wider processes of pro-poor change.
IDS Bulletin - Vol 36 No 1, pp. 76-81 [DOI: 10.1111/j.1759-5436.2005.tb00181.x]