Since at least the mid 1990s and the Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing, gender as an analytic category and as a programmatic concern has become a mainstream part of international law. While feminists have traditionally understood their relation to international law in critical terms and from their position as outsiders, this turn toward gender equality places at least some feminists and some of their projects within the governance structure of international law itself. This crucial shift from exclusion to partial inclusion merits examination.
Darren Rosenblum, Democracy, Gender, and Governance: Introduction, 101 Am. Soc'y Int'l L. Proc. 379 (2007), http://digitalcommons.pace.edu/lawfaculty/548/.