How Best Can We Advance Women’s Rights as Human Rights?

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
March 5, 2010
Woman Plucks Flowers To Sell at Market Near Amritsar, India

The world recognizes March 8 as International Women's Day. This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing. The message from that conference still resonates today: Human rights are women's rights, and women's rights are human rights. As Secretary Clinton has said, no country can move ahead if half its population is left behind.

How best can we advance women's rights as human rights?



District Of Columbia, USA
March 6, 2010

J.L. in Washington, DC writes:

For some reason it seems women and human rights are turning toward, women and equal economic standing above family unity.

The problem that occurs is the total disregard for the female as the Mother of a family unit, which, in essence, negates any moral importance of the female’s role of the most important structure in social spheres on the individual cultural level.

Are we to say that society has gone beyond the family unit, even here in America, or are we talking about basic human rights of oppression within that unit?

For whatever reason, it does seem the more we move forward, the more society has moved backwards and the family unit dissolved...

It is a quagmire for much of society due to the religious aspects connected to this problem worldwide and the adjustments of any society to equality. Where it does not exist, more often than not, means displacement of others on some level.

So in a roundabout attempt to answer my own question: Economic dependence often does lead to an alteration of responsibilities and treatment.

Enforcement from within a single social sphere generally does not take place on a level to make a difference, be it by color, creed, age,gender, etc… Thus education, laws, a just enforcement of law which is not overdone but creates awareness and economic opportunity are a reasonable start.

New Mexico, USA
March 9, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

J.L. in DC,

I suppose one's reality can be found where you choose to look for it, but it's how you deal with it that makes the difference in your life.

IE; Out standing in her field of flowers above, or changing the nature of the conversation in the link below, it's all interconnected.

Tennessee, USA
March 9, 2010

Joe in Tennessee writes:

yeah, I did get all serious...freedom is the most valueable commodity on earth. Life without freedom and means is not life at all, reguardless of where you reside.

Maria F.
Massachusetts, USA
March 15, 2010

Maria Cristina F. in Massachusetts writes:

We can best advance women's rights as human rights by ensuring women's equal standing to men around the world. To give women the opportunity they need to advance their education, career, personal life is to place women in a better standing in our societies. This means trusting women of their capabilities if they are given opportunities and ideal support to advance their potentials on whatever endeavour they may take. Cristina-

Puerto Rico
March 15, 2010

Ilia in Puerto Rico writes:

Although, we are in the 21st century, a period of world's history when almost everything has been achieved, yet in some countries women's rights are still suppressed. Their rights are in accordance of their country's interpretation of their culture. In most cases conservatism is taken to the absurd. In their role as women, they are allowed to do little.

One of the challenges those women face is freeedom of expression and progress with liberty not menace. They should be able to participate with men in government, industry, education and other fields. Is the best way to better their lives for themselves, their family and their country. For example, active roles is social-welfare programs and journalism. We need each other: women and men.


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