The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international bill of rights for women, requires governments to end gender discrimination and affirms women’s rights to health services, including family planning.The Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, adopted in 1995 at the UN’s Fourth World Conference in Beijing, was a rallying cry to embed gender equality and women’s rights in every facet of life. Yet girls are still more likely than boys to be out of school (particularly at the secondary level).Global Fund for Women is committed to turning these challenges into opportunities for women to assert their leadership, action, and voice.
And only then will all women and girls have the self-determination they are entitled to.
"Women's Rights: rights that establish the same social, economic, and political status for women as for men.
We stand for a woman’s right to decide if and when she has children, and to have high-quality health care that means she won’t die in pregnancy or during childbirth.
We know female genital mutilation is a violation of girls’ rights, and must be eliminated.
Because most women lacked the educational and economic resources that would enable them to challenge the existing social order, women generally accepted their inferior status as their only option.
Women led many governmental efforts to ensure their voting, employment and reproductive rights.
The UN Millennium Development Goals set specific targets to reduce poverty, including targets for increased gender equality in education, work, and representation. And although the number of women in elected office has risen, they are still only 21.8 percent of parliamentarians.
What’s more, women’s rights remain at risk in many areas not addressed in the millennium goals – from violence against women to sexual and reproductive rights.
Women's rights guarantee that women will not face discrimination on the basis of their sex." Women's rights is taken for granted in the world today, but when one studies the struggle of women it becomes clear that there is a long way to go to achieve true equality.
It wasn't until the 19th century that laws imposed by the government regarding women rights created some of the most significant obstacles securing women rights.