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Upward Translations – The Role of NGOs in promoting LGBTI*-Human Rights under the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

TitleUpward Translations – The Role of NGOs in promoting LGBTI*-Human Rights under the Convention on All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2020
AuthorsGreif, E.
Secondary TitlePeace Human Rights Governance
Volume4
Issue1
Pagination9-34
Date Published03/2020
PublisherPadova University Press
Place PublishedPadova, IT
ISSN Number2532-649X
KeywordsConvention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, Gender, NGOs, reporting cycle, sexual orientation
Abstract

People with a sexual orientation other than heterosexual and/or a non cis-gender identity (i.e. people whose current gender identity does not match the sex they were assigned at birth), non-binary gender expression, or sex characteristics which do not fit the normative definitions of female and male frequently face human rights violations ranging from physical violence to discrimination. There is no international legal instrument protecting human rights related to sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual characteristics: LGBTI*-people must frame their claims under existing human rights. They have to translate the violations on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sexual characteristics into the language of international human rights. The attempt to translate LGBTI*-rights claims into the language of global human rights can be read as ‘upward translation’. During this process of upward translation, recognition of LGBTI*-human rights is negotiated between human rights treaty bodies, States Parties to human rights treaties and LGBTI*-NGOs. Although the recognition of LGBTI*-human rights advances rather slowly – this opens up a space for a diverse and enlarged understanding of human rights. I suggest understanding the process of translating human rights claims of LGBTI*-people into the language of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) as an example of ‘upward translation’. In this paper, I will show how this culture of translation may change the language of human rights.

URLhttp://phrg.padovauniversitypress.it/2020/1/1
DOI10.14658/pupj-phrg-2020-1-1

 

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