The preamble of the Convention on the Elimination on all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) states: ‘Recalling that discrimination against women violates the principles of equality of rights and respect for human dignity is an obstacle to the participation of women on equal terms with men in the political, social, economic and cultural life of their countries hampers the growth of the prosperity of society and the family and makes more difficult the full development of the potentialities of women in the service of their countries and of humanity.’
States have been unable to come up with legislation to protect certain rights of women and girls everywhere in the world leaving a countless number of women and girls to fight for their rights.
The inclusion of women in vital decision making bodies is a must in order to have an impact on decisions that negatively affect humanity.
Victimisation should end!
Justice should reign!
Equality should function on all levels for women and girls.
States are responsible for acknowledging the international treaties they have signed and ratified, including treaties discrimination against women. It is important to make the obligations in these treaties visible in the national laws of every state. The society also has a role to play in acknowledging women and protecting them from all forms of discrimination. Achieving gender equality begins with us being aware that women, just like every other human, have potential and can make positive changes in the world.
We too can be an instrument of change