Human Rights And Social Equity

757 Words Aug 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Human Rights and Social Equity Thesis and Motive Human rights are vital to achieving and sustaining development, and while world leaders acknowledged the links between human rights and development, the MDGs did not reflect this as inequities faced by populations were not considered (UN Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [OHCHR], 2015). For example, while some countries were able to achieve the MDGs, in many countries, particularly poor ones, individuals remain in extreme poverty. Therefore, as the MDGs did not focus on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded populations, one of the five big proposed transformative shifts within the post-2015 development agenda is leave no one behind (UN, 2013). One aspect of human rights and social equity that may affect development over the next two decades are gender equality forces. While there has been a significant amount of progress in women’s rights over decades, there continues to be a ways to go. In order for women’s rights to become a universal reality and have a positive impact on development over the next two decades, addressing underlying gender inequalities is vital. Evidence The recommended transformative shift of leave no one behind involves ensuring that all individuals, regardless of their gender, race, and income among other factors, are not denied universal rights and basic economic opportunities (UN, 2013). A population that can often be excluded in many nations are women. The MDGs…
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