Current and Future Developments in Law

Current and Future Developments in Law

Volume: 1

Human Rights Issues and Vulnerable Groups

This volume covers topics related to human rights issues and problems of people who are overwhelmed by hostile situations around them and are subsequently rendered vulnerable. The situations of ...
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Gender Equity and Development: Women’s Rights

Pp. 100-116 (17)

Maria Olga Sanchez Martinez


The Human Development Report, 2000, conceives Human Rights as an intrinsic part of development, and development as a means to make Human Rights a reality. Before that, in 1995, it had already been pointed out that without equity of gender, human development would be seriously threatened. Therefore, without gender equity and an effective system of recognition, implementation and guarantee of women´s right there cannot be real progress, social justice and development. The problem regarding the rights of women is not a domestic but a universal reality which requires resources capable of transcending prejudices based on national, cultural, race, religious or social traditions. Definitely the promotion of women´s rights should no longer be regarded as a women´s issue but as a huge problem of social justice, that implies respect to the human dignity and as an obstacle to progress that affects both women and men.


Development, Discrimination, Equity, Gender perspective, Global perspective, Human dignity, Human rights, Progress, Social justice, Women´s rights.


Faculty of Law, University of Cantabria, Santander, Spain.