PDHRE: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Excerpt from the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action, part I, para. 18:

“The human rights of women and of the girl-child are an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of universal human rights. The full and equal participation of women in political, civil, economic, social and cultural life, at the national, regional and international levels, and the eradication of all forms of discrimination on grounds of sex are priority objectives of the international community.”

Excerpts from Discrimination Against Women: The Convention and the Committee, Fact Sheet #22, UN Centre for Human Rights:


“Equality is the cornerstone of every democratic society which aspires to social justice and human rights. In virtually all societies and spheres of activity women are subject to inequalities in law and in fact. This situation is both caused and exacerbated by the existence of discrimination in the family, in the community and in the workplace. While causes and consequences may vary from country to country, discrimination against women is widespread. It is perpetuated by the survival of stereotypes and of traditional cultural and religious practices and beliefs detrimental to women….”

“The concept of equality means much more than treating all persons in the same way…. True equality can only emerge from efforts directed towards addressing and correcting … situational imbalances. It is this broader view of equality which has become the underlying principle and the final goal in the struggle for recognition and acceptance of the human rights of women….”

Source: pdhre.org

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