The importance of empowering women:
Too often Northern governments and non-governmental organizations are accused of imposing “northern values” when assisting southern countries especially when they seek to promote women’s rights.
Although we all recognize the need to be culturally sensitive when working in other countries I think it is of great importance that we remain mindful of the fact that certain values are universal in nature.
All women, in all parts of the world should be granted access to quality education.
All women, in all parts of the world should have access to basic healthcare.
All women, in all parts of the world should have access to justice.
All women, in all parts of the world should have the freedom to speak and to be heard.
We have not only a right but an obligation to ensure that all women, all around the world enjoy these basic universal rights. By doing this we would be promoting universal values and universal ideals and in turn helping ensure that the dignity of a woman is always equal to that of a man.