Today we take for granted the adage that “women’s rights are human rights.” It sounds obvious, perhaps even clichéd for feminists who have come of age after the long battle for its recognition was fought. Prior to the United Nations World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna in 1993, feminists around the world struggled hard for the mere recognition that violations of women’s rights – and particularly violence against women – were not simply private acts outside the purview of the state, but constituted violations of human rights under international law. Violence against women became a symbolic and unifying issue for global feminists in this effort to demonstrate that women’s rights are human rights.

Center for Women's Global Leadership

Center for Women’s Global Leadership bridges voices for human rights towards social justice and self-determination. We work at the intersection of gender, human rights and economic policy, when implementing strategies for transformation.