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Title: International human rights law and abused women in contemporary China
Author: Xiao, ShuQiao
ISNI:       0000 0000 4126 4871
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2003
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This is a social legal study of how violence against women has emerged from the private to the public domain of international human rights law and how the Chinese government has responded to this change. Drawing upon in- depth interviews and participant observation, it examines the manner with which Chinese women and Chinese society define domestic violence and how the state and relevant institutions address the problem in the policy and the support provided to abused women against the background of economic reform. This study also explores the concept of the rights of women perceived by women themselves and evaluates the work of social support mechanisms. It intends to show that domestic violence should be understood within the framework of patriarchy and the development policy of the Chinese government. My research demonstrates that the problem has to be tackled at its structural level by removing the social, economic and cultural conditions associated with the phenomenon. In order to tackle the problem appropriately, attention should be concentrated on making detailed enforceable laws and guidelines for the relevant institutions as well as improving the implementation of the existing law. The thesis concludes with the suggestion that international human rights law should be modified to reflect women's real life experience as well as adopt strategies and enforceable conventions to address the issue. At the national level, the Chinese government is duty bound to convert international human rights law to national laws, and more importantly implement them efficiently by improving the work of relevant organisations. Another important aspect of the implementation process is to foster attitude change in relevant institutions, and through them change the attitude of abused women to the violence they experience so as to protect their rights.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Warwick
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: KT Asia and Pacific