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
Women and girls are usually forgotten when thinking about armed conflict, yet they are uniquely and disproportionately affected by it. They represent a high number of casualties of war* and many are v...
Press Release
Failure to overturn the ban on the burkini would be a missed opportunity to end an assault on women’s freedoms of expression and religion as well as the right to non-discrimination, said Amnesty Inter...
Victory

Zainab al-Khawaja and her son were released from prison in Bahrain on humanitarian grounds on 31 May. She left Bahrain for Denmark on 7 June after receiving information that she could face new char...

Report

This policy has been developed in recognition of the high rates of human rights abuses experienced globally by individuals who engage in sex work; a term that Amnesty International uses only in reg...