Infographic on Human Rights of Women

In this infographic, UN Women depicts the rights that a woman should enjoy as a human being, with colourful illustrations and simple language. It contains basic information about the following:

  1. CEDAW: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a convention that has been ratified by 189 countries. This makes it the second most ratified international human rights treaty.
  2. Constitutional Overview: 184 out of 194 countries guarantee equality between women and men in their Constitutions as of 2016. Yet, discrimination still exists in many areas such as laws, policies, social norms, practices and gender-based stereotypes.
  3. Direct and Indirect Discrimination: Discrimination towards a woman can be direct or indirect. Direct discrimination means different treatment explicitly based on the grounds of sex and gender difference. Indirect discrimination refers to criteria that is gender neutral, but in practice has disproportionately negative impact on women.
  4. Multiple forms of discrimination: Discrimination based on multiple grounds is known as ‘Intersectionality.’ Read this article to learn more about intersectionality. Women and girls are not a homogenous group. Some experience more disadvantage and deprivation than others.


Gender discrimination has far-reaching and profound effects on the lives of women and girls in terms of:

  • Nationality
  • Employment
  • Family
  • Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
  • Education
  • Unpaid Care and Domestic Work
  • Intimate Partner Violence
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Health
  • Politics

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