Despite great strides made by the international women’s rights movements over many years, women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. While some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war, some are refused access to political participation because of cultural stereotypes and, owing to the way political process is still structured with paternalistic and sexist tendencies.
Although formal gender equality has been enshrined in international law and many national constitutions and legislation, the de facto enjoyment of these provisions is all-too-often gender biased, as customary and religious laws continue to restrict women’s rights around the world. Discriminatory laws and practices, violence against women and gender stereotypes hinder greater progress towards gender equality. Worse still, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth, around the world are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives. Also, adherence to religious and customary law reinforces practices that are unfavorable to women, including those relating to freedom of movement, marriage, and inheritance.
Without diminishing the spotlight on mainstreaming the abuses on women’s human rights, generally; human rights are increasingly under attack around the world every single day. Every day, people’s human rights are abused, denied and violated. People are convicted in unfair trials, prisoners are tortured, communities are forcibly evicted, people disappear after being taken from their homes by government officials, and people are put in prison because of their identity and what they belief.
Moving from the belief that we all have the right to be treated equally, CIAN is unshakably committed to reversing inequality and exposing all violations that are unreported, and under-reported, wherever, and whenever! We will find the facts, exposes what’s happening, and rallies the people together to force governments and others to respect everyone’s human rights. Also, when governments fail to protect people, CIAN will be there – helping ensure that all people can live in dignity, safety, and freedom.