Gender Equality : A Fundamental Principle Of International Human Rights

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Gender equality is a basic human right. Yet millions of women around the world continue to experience discrimination. Some laws prohibit women to access housing, land, and property. “Economic and social discrimination results in fewer and poorer life choices for women, rendering them vulnerable to trafficking” (Women’s Human Rights and Gender Equality). 30% of women globally is affected by gender-based violence. Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured. The principle of equality of women and men and the corresponding prohibition of discrimination is a fundamental principle of international human rights law. Globally, 1 in 3 women will experience gender-based violence in her lifetime. It took decades of advocacy for gendered diversities to become effectively acknowledged as relevant to the international human rights system. In this process, the recognition that “women’s rights are human rights” played a central role. It is highly upsetting that we still need to fight to increase women’s access to and control over decision-making, land, technology, credit, livelihoods and other means of production and social protection. We fight for women’s political and economic empowerment. We need to help support women in taking on leadership roles and

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