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#CSW59: What is the most important woman's right?

Author: Campaign Life Coalition
Publication Date: Mar 2015

Between March 9-20, 2015, thousands of women and men from around the world travelled to New York to attend the 59th session on the Commission of the Status of women (CSW59), and commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action. Campaign Life Coalition representatives were there as well, where they spoke to countless NGO's and delegates. Their experiences and conversations created the spark that ignited this video which asked participants one simple question: What is the most important woman's right?

Over the course of this ten minute video, a large number of participants at CSW59, from all over the world, expand on what they regard as the most important women’s right. Among the answers given are the right to be free from sexual and gender based violence; the right to reproductive healthcare and family-planning services; the right to be included in economic, social, and political decision-making, which proved a popular response; the right to knowledge and information to make educated decisions; the right to education; the right to clean, accessible water to reduce the 400 million hours per year walking to collect water; and the right to not be discriminated against on the basis of marital status.

The most common answer in this video, as explained in a number of different ways by participants, was that the most important right women can have is the right to life. Elaborating on this, people explained it in a number of terms that incorporated some of the other answers already mentioned; a right to life is a right to all of the things that make life worth living, such as autonomy, education, participation, security, and community.