What are women’s human rights?
Women’s rights are the fundamental human rights that were enshrined by the United Nations for every human being on the planet nearly 70 years ago. These rights include the right to live free from violence, slavery, and discrimination; to be educated; to own property; to vote; and to earn a fair and equal wage.As the now-famous saying goes, “women’s rights are human rights.” That is to say, women are entitled to all of these rights. Yet almost everywhere around the world, women and girls are still denied them, often simply because of their gender.
Winning rights for women is about more than giving opportunities to any individual woman or girl; it is also about changing how countries and communities work. It involves changing laws and policies, winning hearts and minds, and investing in strong women’s organisations and movements.
We know that we are making progress. But we aren’t there yet. Women’s rights are denied in every region of the world, and discrimination persists. Yet despite all of this, it is women who have come together, creating organisations, coalitions, and movements to win rights and deliver change.
Susie Wilson Finishing is working for a world where every woman and girl can realise and enjoy her human rights. We support women’s movements to create shifts in power and lift voices for change. Only when women and girls have full access to their rights – from equal pay and land ownership rights to sexual rights, freedom from violence, access to education, and maternal health rights – will true equality exist. Only when women have taken leadership and peacemaking roles and have an equal political voice will economies and countries be transformed. And only then will all women and girls have the self-determination they are entitled to.
What does the future of women’s rights look like? A powerful voice is essential to momentum and support for gender equality. We shine a spotlight on the urgent issues, ensuring women and girls are heard loud and clear. We share their untold stories to inspire and activate new advocates and donors. To Educate and Inspire.