This book examines ways in which citizenship is denied, and argues that citizenship can be used to demand and advance human rights. Women often find themselves excluded from full citizenship by legal systems which leave men to look after the interests of their female dependants. But women need recognition as citizens in their own right, to protect them from exploitation and abuse. People from marginalised communities also often find that the state fails to respond to their needs and interests. Finally, migrants – a growing group of women and men in our global economy – live precariously as aliens in states which do not acknowledge their claims to basic security and services.
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