Women’s rights are human rights

March 8, 2015 1:58 AM

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Women’s rights are an essential part of universal human rights. They form a central principle of the United Nations, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. And yet, the fact remains that women and girls around the world often face gender-based discrimination that puts them at increased risk of a poor education, poverty, ill health and violence.

Here in Pakistan, two-thirds of the country’s 60 million women of working age - the size of the entire UK population - can’t read or write, 12,000 women die every year in childbirth and more than nine million girls do not go to school. Pakistan is missing out on the talent and productivity of half o...

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