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Cherishing Gender Equality and Culture of Human Rights

Source: 12Petals Media Group

Gender Equality is, first and foremost, a Universal Human Right.
Human Rights are Women's Rights; Women's Rights are Human Rights

The freedom from discrimination [1] is well recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 2: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status...” [2]

As for the gender inequality [3] and discrimination against women, one must not disregard the broad role of historical experience of human beings based on division of labors [4]. However, most inequalities between men and women are based on familial exploitation. [5]

The acceptance and practice of sexual inequality and subordination of women are mainly rooted in gender-oriented minds of individuals. This discriminatory attitude toward women is profoundly influenced by the sexist social, traditional, and religious norms and dogma, most of which seem to be deep-rooted and unquestionable.

Article 7 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights affirms “All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.” [6] All human beings irrespective of their sex/gender and without any type of discrimination should be able to enjoy their rights and freedoms. All genders shall be free to enjoy equal opportunities in society. [7]

To recap, raising awareness about equality for both men and women is the first step toward realization of gender equality. Women, shoulder to shoulder with men, should be empowered to enjoy their human rights and fundamental freedoms as well. The lifelong process of empowerment to respect gender equality shall start from the very primary patterns within families where the most long-lasting values are formed; the values that shall be cherished for realizing, securing, and promoting gender equalities rather than traditions and customs.

Happy International Women’s Day


  1. It should be kept in mind that sexual violence is not only about sexual affairs but it covers a wide range of violence against women, such as emotional, economic, physical, etc.

1) Discrimination
2) Gender Inequality
3) UDHR Article 2
4) Division of Labor
5) Exploitation
6) UDHR Article 7
7) Equal Opportunity

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Image Production By: 12Petals Media Group, Gender Equality. 2013

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