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Girls’ Rights: An Insight Into the United Nation from 1995–2010
bastas, hara

2011, PhD, University of Cincinnati, Arts and Sciences: Sociology.

Within the context of the sociology of children and youth, a feminist human rights analysis that applies framing processes is used to describe the development of girls’ rights within the United Nations over the past 15 years. With a human rights analysis, the social construction of girls’ rights can be characterized as “active in the sense that something is being done, and processual in the sense of a dynamic, evolving process” (Benford & Snow 2000). The development of girl’s rights as “active and processual” within the UN is characterized through three core framing processes: 1) diagnostic: the social construction of the social problems of the girl child demonstrate a problematic condition in need of change, a condition which is created by global inequality and gender discrimination; 2) prognostic: the use of girls’ rights as a strategy to understand problematic conditions of the girl child as violations of her rights; and 3) motivational: the ways in which the agency and advocacy of girl children, their adult allies, and social institutions play central roles in creating social change.


Through the use of content analysis with the following three sets of documents from multiple components of the UN system, the data collectively demonstrates how inadequate social conditions of the girl child become the basis for framing girls’ rights: 1) annual reports from transnational organizations affiliated with the UN (United Nations Children’s Fund, Plan International and Coalition for Adolescent Girls); 2) official UN documents (Third General Assembly, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and Committee on the Rights of the Child); and 3) documents from UN sponsored Non-Governmental Organizations (the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Working Group on Girls, and the Commission on the Status of Women).

Steven Carlton-Ford, PhD (Committee Chair)
Paula Dubeck, PhD (Committee Member)
Annulla Linders, PhD (Committee Member)
136 p.

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