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First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China in 1995. "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all."
Publish Date: Mar 01, 2021
First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke at the fourth Women's Conference in Beijing, China in 1995. "Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all." Though Rodham Clinton isn't necessarily known for being a feminist icon, much of her political career she spent fighting for women's rights around the world.
The international community has long acknowledged and recently reaffirmed at Vienna that both women and men are entitled to a range of protections and personal freedoms, from the right of personal security to the right to determine freely the number and spacing of the Children they bear. No one, the No. One should be forced to remain silent for fear of religious or political persecution, arrest, abuse or torture. Tragically, women are most often the ones whose human rights are violated. Even now, in the late 20th century, the rape of women continues to be used as an instrument of armed conflict. Women and Children make up a large majority of the world's refugees, and when women are excluded from the political process, they become even more vulnerable to abuse. I believe that now, on the eve of a new millennium, it is time to break the silence. It is time for us to say here in Beijing and for the world to hear that it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights. These abuses have continued because for too long the history of women has been a history of silence. Even today, there are those who are trying to silence our words. But the voices of this conference and of the women at Cairo must be heard loudly and clearly. It is a violation of human rights when babies are denied food or drowned or suffocated or their spines broken simply because they are born girls. It is a violation of human rights when women and girls are sold into the slavery of prostitution for human greed, and the kinds of reasons that are used to justify this practice should no longer be tolerated. It is a violation of human rights when women are doused with gasoline, set on fire and burned to death because their marriage dowries are deemed too small. It it is a violation of human rights when individual women are raped in their own communities and when thousands of women are subjected to rape as a tactic or prize of war. It is a violation of human rights when a leading cause of death worldwide among women ages 14 to 44 is the violence they are subjected to in their own homes by their own relatives. It is a violation of human rights when young girls are brutalized by the painful and degrading practice of genital mutilation. It it is a violation of human rights when women are denied the right to plan their own families, and that includes being forced to have abortions or being sterilized against their will. It all it all. If there is one message that echoes forth from this conference, let it be that human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights once and for all.