On page 556 of the article by Htun and Weldon (2012) it is stated that, “Before Vienna [the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights], mainstream human rights organizations such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International did not treat rape and domestic violence as core issues of human rights. (These organizations now have women's rights projects.)”
This passage could be interpreted to suggest that these organizations did not have women's rights projects until after Vienna. In fact, Human Rights Watch launched its Women's Rights Project in 1989 (Neier 2012, 228; Thomas 2012, 325). Amnesty International also began to work on violence against women prior to Vienna (Friedman 1995, 25–26). We are grateful to Aryeh Neier for calling this inadvertent mischaracterization to our attention.
Friedman, Elisabeth Jay. 1995. “Women's Human Rights: The Emergence of a Movement.” In Women's Rights, Human Rights: International Feminist Perspectives, eds Peters, J. and Wolper, A.. New York: Routledge, 18–35.
Htun, Mala, and Weldon, S. Laurel. 2012. “The Civic Origins of Progressive Policy Change: Combating Violence against Women in Global Perspective, 1975–2005.” American Political Science Review
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Neier, Aryeh. 2012. The International Human Rights Movement: A History. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Thomas, Dorothy Q.
2012. “The Revolution Continues.” In The Unfinished Revolution: Voices from the Global Fight for Women's Rights, ed. Worden, Minky. New York: Seven Stories Press: 325–32.