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Abstract

In recognition of the profound benefits of women’s engagement with their rights, this article presents an experiential account of how Honduran women comprehend, articulate, experience and advocate human rights and gender equality through non-governmental educational initiatives. Through the triangulated analytic among human security, post-victimization and citizen-based advocacy approaches, the article traces the women’s journeys from their moments of discovery of human rights towards instances of dissidence. In so doing, the women’s demonstrations of empowerment, agency, resistance and solidarity are brought to the fore. By featuring their voices, this study demonstrates how Honduran women are able to shape their own expectations and experiences of human rights. This study further emphasizes how a supportive and interactive educational introduction to the conventions, declarations and constitutions intended to promote and safeguard human rights, as well as an opportunity to dialogue safely and creatively about those rights can open up incredible possibilities for self-realization, liberation, ambition and innovation among women.

Note on the Author

Christine Gervais holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Carleton University and she is an Assistant Professor in Criminology at the University of Ottawa in Canada where she is a member of both the Interdisciplinary Research Laboratory on the Rights of the Child and the Laboratory on Justice Studies and Research. Her areas of expertise include children’s and women’s rights, international development and education in Latin America, crimes against humanity, social justice, human trafficking and feminist spirituality.

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