Women’s Rights

Women’s rights are human rights that all women have. But in practice, these rights are often not protected to the same extent as the rights of men.

Among others, women’s rights include: physical integrity rights, such as being free from violence and making choices over their own body; social rights, such as going to school and participating in public life; economic rights, such as owning property, working a job of their choice, and being paid equally for it; and political rights, such as voting for and holding public office.

The protection of these rights allows women to live the lives they want and to thrive in them.

On this page, you can find data and visualizations on how the protection of women’s rights has changed over time, and how it differs across countries.

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    author = {Bastian Herre and Pablo Arriagada and Esteban Ortiz-Ospina and Hannah Ritchie and Joe Hasell and Max Roser},
    title = {Women’s Rights},
    journal = {Our World in Data},
    year = {2023},
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