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Type: Conference item
Title: Stateless aesthetics: feminist human rights discourse on statelessness in Kuwait
Author: Kennedy, S.
Citation: 2013
Publisher: Common Ground Publishing
Issue Date: 2013
Conference Name: International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences (Prague, Czech Republic)
Department: Faculty of the Professions
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Susan Kennedy
Abstract: Do human rights activists share the interests of those they claim to represent? Some human rights discourse on the stateless of Kuwait exhibits bias at the expense of it's subject. Refugees International published Discrimination Against Women Creates Statelessness by Refugees International in 17 October 2011. The report made broad claims about the obstacles faced by the stateless of Kuwait and attributed them to government. A close reading of the report finds that some activists utilise discourse on statelessness in the Middle East as an opportunity to advance the rights of more privileged citizen women. Authors push for law reform to expand citizen women?s rights so that they can confer citizenship on their stateless children. On the other hand, they warn stateless women against marrying Kuwaiti citizen or stateless men and present an alternative option that 'RI heard' for stateless women, to refuse to marry or procreate. The gendering of discourse in the report subjugates the cause of stateless people to the feminist priorities of these activists. The analysis demonstrates the profound the impact a feminist lens can leverage on stateless people's representation in the human rights discourse.
Contents: This paper analyses suggestions made by the feminist human rights lobby that discourage stateless women from exercising their right to found a family that is provided to all women in international law.
Keywords: Statelessness; citizenship; nationality; Kuwait; feminist; activism; discourse; human rights.
Description: Virtual presentation, available via YouTube
Rights: Copyright status unknown
RMID: 0030000370
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