“If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, it is that human rights are women’s rights….And women’s rights are human rights.” – Hillary Clinton, at the 4th UN Conference on Women, Beijing 1995.
This conference was the birth of The Beijing Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. Our founders were in Beijing 25 years ago, and every day since we’ve continued to call for the recognition of the fundamental human rights of women.
25 years later and gender equality is far from being realized. Every five years since 2000, Equality Now has highlighted explicitly sex discriminatory laws that need to be reformed in our Words & Deeds report.
Today we’re releasing our 5th Words & Deeds report and we need your help.
YOUR WORDS & DEEDS TO DO LIST:
? In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the law says the husband is head of the household.
? Section 103 of Tunisia’s Personal Status Code limits daughters’ inheritance rights and provides that any sons inherit twice as much as daughters.
? In Russia, the labor law automatically bars women from being employed in 456 types of work.
? In Paraguay, the law prescribes a lower penalty, a fine, for sexual offences against adolescent girls between the ages of 14 – 16 than for rape of a child or a woman.
Your continued support allows us to make sure governments uphold their commitments they made to women 25 years ago. Thank you.
Global Lead, Legal Equality & Access to Justice