Human rights are women's rights and women's rights are human rights.”
So proclaimed Hillary Clinton, US First Lady at the United Nations World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, in a landmark speech of her career.
Despite Clinton’s words echoing around the world for close on 20 years, one must ask: What has changed?
Earlier this month, at a United Nations commemoration of International Women's Day, Clinton said that important progress has been made, such as the increasing number of girls in school and women in elected office, and the repeal of many discriminatory laws.
"Yet for all we have achieved together, this remains the great unfinished business of the 21st century," she said.
"When women succeed the world succeeds. When women and girls thrive, entire societies thrive. Just as women's rights are human rights, women's progress is human progress."
South Africa’s Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka, head of UN Women, echoed Clinton’s words, declaring: "The 21st century offers an opportunity for a big leap forward.
“Equality between men and women remains an elusive dream. The face of poverty is that of a woman. The majority of the world's poor and illiterate are women and girls."
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