There have been great advances in women’s rights over the past 75 years since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Women influenced the text of the Declaration that has given women critical social changes and continue to lead social change that has enabled more people to enjoy their human rights.
Since then, progress at the global level has been mirrored by positive changes in the lives of women and girls. There are more and more women in leadership positions. In every continent, women have been elected to lead Governments. In many professions which were once closed to them, women now hold decision-making positions.
Despite the significant gains, we continue to see the rollbacks on women’s rights. However, online and offline, women are still standing up against the anti-rights and anti-gender trends. They are still demonstrating; still advocating; still mobilizing. And in turn, they inspire us, challenge us, and lead us onwards.
We must promote and protect women and girls’ individual and collective action and power, support and expand their civic space, access to information, meaningful participation, and equal access to justice when their rights are violated, including in digital spaces.
Women’s rights are human rights no matter where women choose to engage — online, at home, at work, everywhere.