Women's Rights are Human Rights

Women's rights are an essential component of universal human rights.

They reflect the fact that men and women have very different experiences - and the fact that women and girls often face gender-based discrimination that puts them at increased risk of poverty, violence, ill health and a poor education. Amnesty International's women's rights work encompasses a range of human rights as they relate to the equity needs of women, working at once to advance new rights and opportunities for all women and to combat the abuses of specific groups of women and girls.

Women's Rights are Human Rights

Women's rights are an essential component of universal human rights.

They reflect the fact that men and women have very different experiences - and the fact that women and girls often face gender-based discrimination that puts them at increased risk of poverty, violence, ill health and a poor education. Amnesty International's women's rights work encompasses a range of human rights as they relate to the equity needs of women, working at once to advance new rights and opportunities for all women and to combat the abuses of specific groups of women and girls.

We work to advance U.S. ratification of the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), an international treaty ratified by most countries to enshrine a universal approach to women's rights. Our work is both global and local—at the same time, we combat violence against indigenous women in the USA and work to increase protection for refugee women and children around the world.

From working to improve maternal health and sexual and reproductive rights, to advocating for girls' opportunities to access to a safe, high-quality education, to highlighting the vulnerabilities women face in war and the value they add to sustainable peace, Amnesty International addresses the rights of all women and girls, in the USA and around the world. Join us! To receive updates and action alerts specific to women's rights, please email whr@aiusa.org to be added to the Women's Human Rights Network email list, or follow us on Facebook.

Women's Rights Updates
Blog
By Kaitlyn Denzler, Amnesty International USA Interim Women’s Rights Campaigner It was only two decades ago that Ireland decriminalized homosexuality. Yet on May 22, people took to the polls and...
Press Release
Authorities in Papua New Guinea must urgently step up protection for two women accused of “sorcery” whose lives are at imminent risk, Amnesty International said after a mob threatened them and hacked...
Victory

Women’s rights defender Mahdieh Golrou was released from Tehran’s Evin Prison after three months detained for peaceful demonstrations. She was a prisoner of conscience.

Report

Women human rights defenders in Afghanistan who face mounting violence - including threats, sexual assault and assassinations- are being abandoned by their own government despite the significant ga...