Women's Rights

Information about the Human Rights of Women

Women's Rights

„The human rights of women and of the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights." 

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women 1993

What are women's rights?

Women's rights are of course also human rights. However, they must be formulated separately. Because women are all too often discriminated against on the basis of their sex. Women are thus prevented from participating in the political, social, economic and cultural life of their country under the same conditions as men. Women are also often subjected to gender-based violence. Improving the human rights situation of women is therefore crucial for the development of society as a whole.

How does SAIDA strengthen the rights of women?

Since 2010 we have been actively involved in the implementation of women's rights in developing countries. In Burkina Faso, we and our local partners are committed to strengthening the position of women in a concrete way. For example, we support them with literacy courses and income-generating measures. An income of their own in particular opens up new scope for action for women and ensures that they have a say in their families and communities.

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Conventions on the protection of women's rights

Improving the status of human rights for women is critical when it comes to advancing economic and social conditions in developing countries. The way this advancement should be reached is established in treaties. Here we present the most important conventions on the protection of women's rights. You can see that we still "have some room for improvement":

Jan. 2005

Maputo Protocol

At a summit meeting in Maputo, the 53 member states of the African Union (AU) adopted the protocol for the rights of women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) into the 1986 African Charter of Human and Civil Rights. In the comprehensive catalog of protected rights, under the section "Elimination of Harmful Practices" (Article 5) the goal of fighting against every form of FGM is explicitly adopted.

Jan. 2005

Oct. 2000

UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security

The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1325 "Women, Peace, and Security" in 2000, in which the inclusion of the rights of women to protection and equal treatment in peace negotiations, conflict resolution, and reconstruction, is called for.

Sept. 1995

Beijing Declaration of the World Conference on Women

The governments participating in the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in September 1995 adopted the so-called "Beijing Declaration". In view of the fact that men and women continue to be treated unequally and in view of the goal of realizing the human rights of women and girls as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms, a Platform for Action for the Empowerment of Women was adopted. Under the heading "Violence against women", the Platform for Action addresses all forms of physical, sexual and psychological violence against women, including marital rape, female genital mutilation and other traditional practices harmful to women, and calls on governments, but also international organizations and non-governmental organizations, to take comprehensive protective measures.
Under the section "Girls", it is explicitly stated that girls from the earliest stage of life onward, during their childhood and into adulthood, are discriminated against by widespread harmful attitudes and practices.

Sept. 1995

Sept. 1994

Program of Action of the Cairo International Conference on Population and Development

With the goal of implementation by the year 2015, the 179 participating states at the Cairo Conference on Population and Development adopted a plan of action that connects population, development, and women's rights, whereby access to health and family planning in particular should be made possible for everyone. The education and empowerment of women is granted a high priority. Among other things, care during pregnancy and birth as well as protection from STDs such as HIV/AIDS is emphasized.

Dec. 1993

Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women

The theme of "Violence against women" was discussed at the second United Nations Conference on Human Rights in Vienna 1993. The Viennese Declaration includes the explicit condemnation of violence against women. It established that " The human rights of women and of the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights." Attached to the Human rights conference, the UN adopted in 1993 a "Declaration on the elimination of violence against women" in which, among other things, Genital mutilation and other traditional practices that are harmful and detrimental to women, as public and private violence against women, are defined as violations of human rights.

Dec. 1993


United Nations Development Fund for Women

As a result of the first World Conference on Women, which took place in 1975 in Mexico under the motto "Equality, Development, Peace," the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) was established in 1976 with the goal of improving the situation and standard of living for women in developing countries through concrete investments and legislative action. In 1985, UNIFEM was recognized as an independent UN Organization with a seat in New York.

Dec. 18, 1979

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was concluded with a view to establishing that discrimination against women violates the principles of equal rights and respect for human dignity. Article 3 of this Convention provides that States Parties shall take all appropriate measures, including legislative measures, in all fields, particularly in the political, social, economic and cultural fields, to ensure the full development and advancement of women. This ensures that she can exercise and enjoy human rights and fundamental freedoms on an equal footing with a man. The Convention thus goes beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Dec. 18, 1979

Dec. 10, 1948

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The contents of Resolution 217 (III) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which the United Nations General Assembly passed on December 10, 1948, stipulates in Article 2  that all rights and freedoms set out in the declaration are due to every human regardless of difference, especially gender. Those human rights include the rights to life, freedom, and personal safety (Article 3). The UDHR thereby constitutes a historical milestone for the prohibition of discrimination on the basis of gender.

About SAIDA International e.V.

We are committed to supporting women and children’s rights in developing countries. Our work focuses on education for young girls, stopping genital mutilation and early marriages, empowering women, and improving reproductive health. 


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