Human Rights Day commemorates the day in 1948 when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The National Council of Women warmly supports this statement sent to us from the International Council of Women of which we are a member and which has member Councils in nearly 70 countries.
Since its founding in 1888, the International Council of Women (ICW-CIF) has been working for the promotion of the human rights of women in all spheres of life. In 1948, the Council proudly supported the United Nations’ adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, an historic document recognizing that all human beings are endowed with free, equal and inalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.
Women’s rights are human rights. However, many women in the world suffer from serious abuse of their human rights without due protection from governments. ICW-CIF urges governments and international organizations to accelerate their steps to protect the human rights of all women. Such steps include achieving gender equality and involving women in decision-making.
ICW-CIF encourages its affiliate councils to initiate and support national and community-based dialogues on all aspects of human rights, including gender-specific discriminations and violations.
Violence against women, a grave violation of the human rights of women, continues unabated. Our affiliate councils strongly condemn violence against women and urge the United Nations Member States to adopt legal and other concrete measures to prevent all forms of gender-based violence, in particular, trafficking in women, sex trafficking, domestic violence, sexual assault, early marriage and child pornography.
The ongoing wars, conflicts and displacement in the world lead to increases in violence against women. In particular, ICW-CIF strongly urges all parties to protect the human rights of women living in or displaced from the war/conflict areas, including safety from all forms of violence and access to health services, particularly maternal and infant health care. We call on countries to provide humanitarian assistance to genuine women refugees fleeing from areas of conflict. ICW-CIF encourages Member States of the United Nations to actively implement Security Council Resolution 1325 and engage women’s equal participation in all efforts to promote and maintain peace and security so that these issues can be addressed and eliminated.
On this Human Rights Day, ICW-CIF reemphasizes the universal observance of human rights as the basis for peace throughout the world