Women's rights are protected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. They include the right to bodily integrity, suffrage, the right to education, work, equal pay, the right to hold public office and own property.
Women's rights are institutionalized or written in law in many countries. In others, local customs or behavior may support the rights and entitlements for women and girls. In a some countries these rights are ignored or suppressed when they contradicts with a historical or traditional bias against the exercise of rights by women and girls in favor of men and boys. DW looks at the various issues related to gender equality, women's and girls' rights throughout the world.
Fourteen years ago Mukthar Mai was the victim of a gang rape, because a hostile clan wanted to take revenge on her family. Mai took the rapists to court and became one of Pakistan's most famous women's rights activists. Now the 44-year-old was invited to be the guest of honour at the Fashion Week in Karachi.