Seeking Gender Justice in a Globalizing Age

AUSTRALIAN FEMINIST STUDIES: "Reilly's wide-ranging attempt to combine institutional, activist and historical analysis of transnational feminist advocacy and women's human rights is admirable. . . . Women's Human Rights is a concise text that generates a number of important conversations about the possibilities and challenges in pursuing a feminist vision of human rights."   >> Read on

JOURNAL OF WOMEN'S HISTORY: "Reilly's study offers a compelling account of the importance of transnational feminist advocacy in setting global norms. . . . [Her] account of the impact of transnational feminist advocacy on the development of global norms on women's rights is an enthralling and encouraging one."   >> Read on

NEW BOOKS IN GENDER STUDIES: "[A] standard quick reference on women and human rights" . . . "an enormously useful book. I recommend it highly."   >> Read on

"Niamh Reilly's account of how the women's human rights agenda has evolved in international politics illuminates territory often ignored in international relations scholarship. . . . Reilly's book provides an important historical account of how feminist transnational advocacy has sought to challenge pervasive gender discriminatory practices on the international stage through the critical reorientation of conventional human rights thinking. . . . Reilly's book is important. It provides us with an understanding of how much women have been able to achieve in promoting gender justice on a global scale, but equally, how much work remains to be done."   >> Read on

"It is, I confess, a book I wish I had written. . . . Her insiders’ perspective gives her discussions of feminist activism at the United Nations . . . a depth and context not usually found in other scholarly treatments of these topics. And she combines her first-hand experience with a solid academic foundation that places each subject in its broader context. . . . Women’s Human Rights is an authoritative and expert discussion of the 1990s campaigns to advance international legal and political protection of women’s rights, and the multiple ways in which these campaigns shape current institutional developments on women’s rights.  >> Read on

"Offers a compelling analysis of the historical shortcomings of human rights and their potential for women's human rights. Reilly's clear, succinct writing enhances the considerable merits of this landmark book that is essential for libraries and those committed to human rights and feminist projects."
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"Niamh Reilly’s book is a boon to feminists, human rights advocates and even the occasionally smug liberal humanists who put great store in empty slogans, believing that to have agreed to say something means that the thing is done."  >> Read on

"This book provides a thought–provoking and at times inspirational account of how transnational female advocacy movements have helped to shape the context in which many of us work on a daily basis."   >> Read on

"Reilly’s study offers many innovative ideas for constructive dialogues among global groups that share the goals of gender equality and economic justice but diverge over strategies and priorities. . . . This book is essential reading on the ongoing development of a critical human rights practice."   >> Read on

"The major strength of the book is its particular focus on an optimistic and applicable implementation strategy for the development of a more effective and efficient global women's rights regime. . . . [T]his book is a precious contribution to the scholarly literature and it offers important insights into the distinctive characteristics of the global formation of women's rights norms."   >> Read on

"[This] lucid, informative and persuasive book . . . will be of particular interest to students and academics in the fields of women's studies and development studies. Reilly's insider position within the Global Women's Movement clearly gives her a very clear grasp of the debates and challenges of feminist advocacy."   >> Read on

"The strength of this book lies mainly in the integration of theory and practice and its integrated focus on gender. The way the author combines theory and practice is extraordinary; In this book, practice plays a full role. This is only possible thanks to the experience and vision of the author."   >> Read on

"Taking up the thorny issue of transnational feminist advocacy in the context of universal human rights protection, with all its visible failures, Niamh Reilly presents it as a case study in this well–grounded, thoroughly researched and timely book."  >> Read on

Listen to interviews with Niamh Reilly about Women's Human Rights:

With Patrick Geoghegan on Talking History, an historical/current affairs radio programme, 21 February 2010.  To listen to the interview, click here.

With Elizabeth Heineman of the New Books Network in December 2011.  To go to the website, click here. To listen to the interview, click here.

"[A] landmark book . . . Summing Up: Essential" -- CHOICE