Women’s rights around the world is an important indicator to understand global well-being.
Yet, despite many successes made by the international women’s rights movement over many years, in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic.
women and girls around the world are still married as children or trafficked into forced labor and sex slavery. They are refused access to education and political participation, and some are trapped in conflicts where rape is perpetrated as a weapon of war. Around the world, deaths related to pregnancy and childbirth are needlessly high, and women are prevented from making deeply personal choices in their private lives. Human Rights Watch is working toward the realization of women’s empowerment and gender equality—protecting the rights and improving the lives of women and girls on the ground.