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 Adotei Akwei and Caroline Courtney “They used to train girls how to shoot guns. I was among the girls trained to shoot. I was also trained how to use bombs and how to attack a village. They’ll dres...
News
The life of a 10-year-old girl who is pregnant after having been raped by her stepfather is in danger. Despite the high risk this pregnancy poses and her mother’s request, access to safe abortion has...
Victory

Five women rights activists detained after planning events to mark International Women’s Day were released on bail on 13 April. This follows a huge outcry about their detention both in China and in...

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...