Women's Right to Vote

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Women’s right to voting Right from the Preamble of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (1948), the “equal rights of women and men” are mentioned, together with the fundamental human rights, to be reaffirmed by the UN’s member states to form the background for the demonstration of the Declaration (Universal Declaration on Human Rights, 1948). The history of women’s rights can be traced back to the Babylonian law-code (the Code of Hammurabi, ca. 1780 BC) , and then one of the first legally documented declarations on women’s rights named Declaration of Sentiments signed in 1848 . In the modern time, a number of conventions and international conventions regarding women’s rights have been consented to set forth by many countries in the world, including Convention on the Political Rights of Women (1954), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1981) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976) which set out the framework to protect women’s rights including their right to voting and election. Article 2: “Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status”. (Article 2) Article 21: “3. The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures”. (Universal Declaration on Human Rights, 1948) In Pakistan, women gained their rights to voting and standing for election in 1947 . The country s... ... middle of paper ... ... “Women shall be entitled to vote in all elections on equal terms with men, without any discrimination”. (Convention on the Political Rights of Women, 1954) Women in Pakistan town can't vote. Why? Because men say so. AP 5:01 p.m. EDT May 5, 2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/05/05/in-pakistan-town-men-have-spoken-no-women-vote/2137223/ Pakistan's women face battle for the right to vote. Female activists plan to deploy protection teams to polling stations in forthcoming elections. Tracy McVeigh. The Observer, Saturday 4 May 2013 17.52 BST http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/may/04/pakistan-women-right-to-vote Article 2 (c), (d) and (e). CEDAW, 1981. Women in Pakistan town can't vote. Why? Because men say so. AP 5:01 p.m. EDT May 5, 2013. http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/05/05/in-pakistan-town-men-have-spoken-no-women-vote/2137223/

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