Women are an important part of the world, so it only make sense that the United Nations (UN), a group of states that deals with world cooperation and governance, would have to deal with their treatment and their needs.
Some of the issues they try to address are violence against women (especially sexual violence and domestic violence), the political rights that women have, the human rights that women have (like the age at which they can get married), human trafficking (which effects women greatly), “honor” crimes, traditional, but harmful practices like Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and more.
The UN has tried to address women’s needs in many different ways – which I think is great! Some different ways are through the Convention on the Elimination of the Discrimination of Women (CEDAW); Convention on the Political Rights of Women; Convention on the Nationality of Married Women; Convention on consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage, and Registration of Marriages; UN Women; UNiTE to end violence against women (UNiTE); Commission on the Status of Women (CSW); Network of Men Leaders; Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women; and more and hopefully more to come. Indeed, even the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is supposed to apply to people, regardless of sex, so this means women too!
Stay tuned – I’ll break down some of these documents and initiatives in further posts.