Penn State International Law Review

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The topic of women's rights can be addressed from various angles: juridical and legislative, economic, social or political. For this reason, I intend to guide today's reflection toward an integral vision. The Beijing Declaration arising from the Fourth World Conference on Women postulates that the human rights of women form an integral, indivisible and inalienable part of all human rights and fundamental liberties. To this end, it points out that there is a commitment to "guaranteeing all human rights and basic liberties for all women and girls, and taking effective measures against violations of these rights and liberties." Less than three years away from the twenty-first century, it is a fact that women's rights are not always recognized, are infrequently discussed, and are almost never accepted as being on a par with those of men. This should give rise to deep reflection.