Women and Human Rights


Students should acquire:

a) knowledge and understanding of the main legal instruments on women´s rights;

b) understanding of the limited nature of legal regulation and the need to attend to other forms of regular reality;

c) capacity for critical analysis and investigation of specific phenomena related to women´s rights; d) ability to communicate theories clearly, concepts and research results in the thematic area of the curricular unit.

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Manuel Gaspar da Silva Lisboa


Weekly - 3

Total - 280

Teaching language





Beleza, M.T.P. (2010). Direito das Mulheres e da Igualdade Social. A Construção Jurídica das Relações de Género, Coimbra: Almedina Godinho, P. (2004) \"No Couço elas são ainda mais revolucionárias que os homens!» Mulheres e resistência no sul de Portugal\", in A. Cova, N. Ramos e T. Joaquim (org.) Desafios da Comparação - Família, Mulheres e Género em Portugal e no Brasil, Oeiras, Celta, pp. 133-148. Godinho, P. (2017) “Presas por um fio: costureiras de Verín, modalidades da produção têxtil local e trânsitos mundiais” in P. Tomé, ed. Reflexiones Rayanas, (2 vol.), Ávila, Asociación de Antropología de Castilla y Léon Michael Kenny, 1º vol:103-126, ISBN: 978-84-617-6634-5. Lisboa, M., Cerejo, D., Teixeira, A.L. & et. al (2015). Mutilação Genital Feminina em Portugal. V. N. de Famalicão: Húmus. Melo, H.P. (2017), Os Direitos das Mulheres no Estado Novo: A Segunda Guerra, Coimbra: Almedina Wollstonecraft, M. (2017). Uma vindicação dos direitos da mulher. Lisboa: Antígona.

Teaching method

Classes are structured according to three types of sessions:

a) oral presentation by the lecturer covering the different points in the syllabus;

b) invited experts to lecture on relevant subjects for assignment work;

c) final collective discussion of the individual students´ work.

Since this is a curricular unit that can be attended by students from various undergraduate courses, we would like to enhance and reflect the richness of this diversity, combining the oral presentations with the participation and critical comments of students.

The subject of the individual assignment is prearranged with the lecturers, to be considered a small essay to be used further on in the master´s final assignment

Evaluation method

Participation and class discussions.(20%), Written work.(80%)

Subject matter

1. Subject of rights - rights from a perspective of the history of ideas.

2. Concept formation: the presence of the problem and the absence of legal formulation. Women and the discussion of rights in the late eighteenth century. The Bill of Rights in Modernity: France and the United States.

3. Human rights and women´s rights recognized in conventions and legislation.

4. Equality of gender rights in the political field.

5. Moments and problems of affirming women´s rights. Awareness, conflict, organization and social action.


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