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The movement for gender equality and women’s human rights in international human rights law began with the struggle for recognition of status, equality and rights, a struggle that continues to be central to the movement even today. While it is true that the movement has gained ground across international human rights law systems, it is also true that it has not yet reached those most marginalised. Women who are disadvantaged not only by their sex or gender but also because of their race, colour, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, disability, age etc, remain at the bottom of the ladder of gender equality. This is despite the incremental recognition of intersectionality in international human rights law. This state of affairs may be attributed to a rendering of intersectionality in international human rights law which fails to appreciate its prioritarian impulses. This talk argues that an intersectional approach to gender equality in international human rights law is necessarily prioritarian, drawing attention to those most disadvantaged. It unravels the implications of this approach to gender equality in the interpretation and implementation of state obligations in international human rights law.
Associate Professor of International Human Rights Law
Shreya Atrey is an Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and is based at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. She is an associate member of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, an Official Fellow and Racial Justice and Equality Fellow at Kellogg College, and a Senior Teaching Fellow at New College. Shreya is the Editor of the Human Rights Law Review (OUP). Previously, she was based at the University of Bristol Law School and has been a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence, and a Hauser Postdoctoral Global Fellow at the NYU School of Law, New York. She completed BCL with distinction and DPhil in Law on the Rhodes Scholarship from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
Shreya works on equality and human rights issues in comparative and international law. Her first monograph, Intersectional Discrimination (OUP 2019) won the runner-up Peter Birks Book Prize in 2020. The monograph presents an account of intersectionality theory in comparative discrimination law and has been cited by the South African Constitutional Court in their path-breaking decision: Mahlangu v Minister of Labour and Others  ZACC 24 (19 November 2020), which recognised the right of Black female domestic workers to access compensation for workplace injury; and the Supreme Court of India which relied on her framework of ‘intersectional integrity’ for understanding and redressing sexual violence against women in their landmark decision: Patan Jamal Vali v State of Andhra Pradesh Criminal Appeal No 452 of 2021 (27 April 2021).