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This chapter examines the evolution of the women’s rights agenda in the un. There is significant attention paid to the un Decade for the Advancement of Women (1975–1985) and the un Beijing World Conference on Women (1995) because of their significance to the movement against “violence against women.” The chapter provides an analysis of the role of geopolitics in the evolution of women’s rights. The voices/perspectives from the former second world were at a disadvantage just as there was global momentum against “violence against women.” While violence against women is a global problem, how that violence is understood and politicized matters in different communities and cultures. Currently, policies and laws that criminalize “violence against women” are not addressing precarious labor in the postsocialist context. This is a dynamic that is relevant to Russian feminism and postsocialist contexts more generally.

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