International Human Rights Day is day for all people and nations to reflect on the progress that has or has yet to be made toward ensuring that men, women and children of all religions, races, and backgrounds be treated as equal and free human beings.  

There are brave human rights defenders around the world who risk being harassed, arrested, and who have had their loved ones murdered just so that they can secure the rights of their fellow citizens.

We need to recognize the risks women are willing to take to have women’s rights recognized as human rights not only on this day, but everyday.     

The international community needs to invest in women, particularly those in post – conflict nations because women play a tremendous role is helping to rebuild their societies.

While we see that there are laws in place to protect women and human rights, much work remains to be done towards having recognition and enforcement of these laws.