oa ESR Review : Economic and Social Rights in South Africa - The protection of the socio-economic rights of older women : an appraisal of General Recommendation 27 of the CEDAW Committee : feature

Volume 12, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1684-260X



Over the years, human rights bodies such as the United Nations (UN) and the African Union (AU) have placed extensive emphasis on the need to protect socio-economic rights, especially of vulnerable groups, including children and women. Consequently, the protection of women's rights, for example, has been the highlight of several human rights debates and gender-driven conferences and seminars. Surprisingly, these debates focusing on promoting and protecting women's rights have paid little attention to the protection of the socio-economic rights of older women. Arguably, this oversight has greatly hindered the expansion and understanding of the rights of older women in general and their socio-economic rights in particular.

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