Women’s Rights are Human Rights
On September 5, 1995, Hillary Clinton- the First Lady of the United States- took front stage at the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China to speak on the fleeting struggles women face in every single country. Standing in front of women’s rights activist from over 180 countries, Hillary Clinton’s words were as powerful as her prominent political stand she held. Clinton catalogued the devastating truth on the abuse afflicted onto women, and then challenging the limited discussion of women’s issues in China. The New York Times described the importance of her words as “speaking more forcefully on human rights than any American dignitary has on Chinese soil.” (Times). Clinton’s grand goal was quite simple: Helping women around the world have a voice. “The great challenge of this conference is to give voice to women everywhere whose experiences go unnoticed, whose words go unheard. Women comprise more than half the world’s population, 70% of the world’s poor, and two-thirds of those who are not taught to read and write. We are the primary caretakers for most of the world’s children and elderly. Yet much of the work we do is not valued -- not by economists, not by historians, not by popular culture, not by government leaders.”
Clinton’s speech was a mix persuasive identification and advocacy that used symbols, goals, and passionate stories to a group of supporters. As the First Lady continued her speech and read her list of the cruel abuse committed against women and girls, the audience had a dramatic silence. Her graphic and violent descriptions of the sheer abuse needed no embellishment. “It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food, or drowned, or suffocated, or their spines broken, simply because they are born girls […] It is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war...
...The Unbroken Pandemonium
A Rhetorical Analysis of “Women’srights are HumanRights” by Hilary Rodman Clinton.
Many people choose to believe that women rights issues only affect Muslim countries, but that logic is so far from the truth. Women’srights around the world are just as important as all other issues, and it is a critical indicator towards understanding general worldwide existence.
There is also that group of people, who believe that women’srights are not as big an issue as they were in the United States, some 150 years ago – which is simply far from being true.
The rhetoric in empowering women has always been an ongoing subject in all countries, and we find that to date, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life; some of which range from cultural, political and the socio-economic aspects of life itself.
When Hilary Rodman Clinton conveyed her speech at the U.N. 4th World Conference in Beijing China, in September 1995, her one significance fight was to bring a renewed strength to the women in Beijing. She needed to let them know that the struggles, the abuse, the killings and every mishap they encountered on a day-to-day basis, are not a singular struggle, but instead a cohesive struggle, which needed not ever happen again.
Therefore, the fight for equality, justice and peace for all; It had to be a common and...
WOMEN’SRIGHTS: A RE-VISION OF HUMANRIGHTS
Shailendra Pal Singh
Third Year Learner (2010-2015)
Second Year Learner (2011-2016)
Symbiosis Law School, Noida
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Woman, the very creation of God that makes living beautiful is often at the receiving end of trauma. In 2009 rape cases have reached 2,497, domestic violence has crossed the 10,000 mark. Around 2.8 million social workers have been employed by the government to reach into villages across the country, to make women aware of their rights. But, much to the surprise women are not even aware that they have any rights in a man’s world. Significant numbers of the world's population are routinely subject to torture, starvation, terrorism, humiliation, and even murder simply because they are female. It is generally known that women are disproportionally affected by the social and economic factors such as poverty, gender biased, unemployment, inequality, oppressive social structure and son preference. Violence against women cuts across race,...
...Are humanrights innate and universal?
Post WWII on the 10 December 1948, the Universal Declaration of HumanRights (UDHR) was espoused by the General Assembly of the United Nations in order to agree on the notion that such atrocities that occurred throughout the Great War and the Second World War would not ever be reciprocated. The document that was drawn up in less than two years by the UN and Western states, and although ambitious it would guarantee a premise for life and living for every individual all over the world. The UDHR are founded on nobility, equality and reverence, and are said to be aimed at all cultures and religions within the West and East of the globe. However there is great discrepancy regarding the justification and practicality of humanrights all over the world due to political, economic and cultural differences and limitations. Universal means that ‘something’ affects, applies or is completed by everyone all over the world – there is no distinctive bias shown and equal policies are applied. Innate, in relation to humanrights, means that people are given natural rights purely based on the fact that he/she is human and alive. Therefore, are humanrights universal and innate or is the Universal Declaration of Human...
...Humanrights in today’s world have become pivotal to the functioning of our society as a whole, largely due to the increased occurrences which in turn have led to greater awareness and repudiation of the same in the world community. In present times the humanrights field encompasses a broad range of civil, political, economic and social rights which shows its all pervasive nature, and the accountability for the violation of these rights by state and non-state actors alike. The scope of humanrights in today’s day and age has thus widened considerably as gradually the individual becomes an end in himself and is recognized as being of primordial concern.
Humanrights law is a subset in the field of humanrights. Humanrights are what define a society; hence the humanrights law takes primacy over all the laws. There is nothing more important than the development of humanrights in an evolving society
Humanrights and criminal law are closely inter - related. My personal interest lies towards humanrights as under the criminal law. Today we see all kinds of crimes being committed- state or non-state, say torture of prisoners, child labour, or most importantly...
...Hillary Rodham Clinton: Women'sRights are HumanRights
Mrs. Mongella, Under Secretary Kittani, distinguished delegates and guests:
I would like to thank the Secretary General of the United Nations for inviting me to be a part of the United Nations Fourth World Conference of Women. This is truly a celebration -- a celebration of the contributions women make in every aspect of life: in the home, on the job, in their communities, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, learners, workers, citizens and leaders.
It is also a coming together, much of the way women come together ever day in every country.
We come together in fields and in factories. We come together in village markets and supermarkets. We come together in living rooms and board rooms. Whether it is while playing with our children in the park, or washing clothes in a river, or taking a break at the office water cooler, we come together and talk about our aspirations and concern. And time and again, our talk turns to our children and our families. However different we may be, there is far more that unites us than divides us. We share a common future, and are here to find common ground so that we may help bring new dignity and respect to women and girls all over the world. By doing this, we bring new strength and stability to families as well.
By gathering in Beijing, we are focusing world attention on issues that matter most in the lives of women and their...
August 12, 2013
The American Women'sRights Movement in 1848 paved the way for the declaration that revolutionized women's lives. Women demanded equality in all areas of civil, political, economic, and private life. Beginning in the 1960s women felt the need to reform the traditional bias in order to exercise the rights for women in favor of men. Today, America is living the legacy of the great progress women have made in all areas addressed while their earnest quest for full and true equality continues.
Women were thought to be the subservient gender. The ideal woman was silent and submissive; her job was to be docile and obedient; a loving wife who was completely subservient to the men around her. They had to obey their father after they were born, and their husband after they married. The day of most American women consisted of maintaining the house, preparing meals, taking care of the children, helping them with their homework, being the ideal wife, doing the dishes and the laundry all while remaining elegant. Women had very few rights in early twentieth century. Less than a decade later, women began to take a stance on their independence and equal rights.
Beginning of American...
The Women’s Suffrage Movement
Starting in 1776 with a letter from Abigail Adams to her husband, the movement for Women’s suffrage lasted a superfluous amount of time. Mrs. Adam’s request for the President to “remember the ladies” set in motion a whole movement that would revolutionize the United States of America. A movement that set forth rights that the women of today take for granted.
The women’s suffrage movement began in the mid-nineteenth century. Women began discussing the problems they faced in society and the different ways they wanted to change their lives. The Civil War and World War I also had an enormous effect upon the movement. During both of these wars, women felt a new sense of independence and strength. During this time, the women had to step in to take the place of men in factories, mills, and the like. Once the men had returned from war and kicked women back into their old positions, the women were furious. However, not all who fought for women’s suffrage had experienced being the “lesser sex” in a working world. Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who became a major advocate for the women’s movement, learned her lesson by listening to the complaints of women in her father’s office. When explaining it to her father, she stated, “They who have sympathy and imagination to make the sorrows of others their own, can readily learn all the hard lessons of life from the...
30 June 2013
At the Tenth National Woman’s Rights Convention, held in New York, Susan B. Anthony celebrated advances of U. S. women. During this time, she rejoiced over a recent announcement of a donation made by Matthew Vassar for the foundation of a women’s college (Ray 1). Advances during the 1860’s like the one made by Matthew Vassar were a huge improvement for women. Margaret Fuller takes us on a tour of the treatment of women in her essay The Great Lawsuit. Margaret Fuller was America’s first true feminist. Today she holds a distinctive place in the cultural life of the American Renaissance (Hampson). Fuller was a transcendentalist, literary critic, editor, journalist, teacher, and political activist (Hamspon). Fuller served with Emerson as editor of The Dial. Specifically, The Great Lawsuit shows us how women were mistreated during the Nineteenth Century. The Great Lawsuit criticizes men and women’s inequality in the workplace, marriage, and intellectual independence.
Margaret Fuller advocated for women’srights in the 1800’s. In The Great Lawsuit, Fuller discusses the inequality in marriage between a man and his wife. Even today we see that this inequality exists. Men are always considered the provider and the head of the family. Women are supposed to stay home and tend to the house and children. In...