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In the global spectrum of modern warfare, it has become evermore evident that a war has been raged fervently in pursuit of the destruction of the livelihood of women. The truth is obsolete in the era of never changing gendered hierarchy, where heartless militia have severed the line of innocence and consciousness for women worldwide; using them as scapegoats for their infantry. The victimization of these is rampant; the abuse and violence against their minds and bodies does not prove a victor of state but rather a violation of human life. Women own the right to their voice, to their ideas, and most importantly to their bodies; the detriment of such on behalf of patriarchal social construction impinges on these rights and the freedom of woman to live life in human equality.
The infringement of female rights affects millions of women worldwide and occurs in various forms, from torture and starvation, to humiliation and genital mutilation, regardless of the form, all are inimical to the fundamental human rights. Adopted in 1948, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first document that represented the basic rights that all humans are inherently entitled to. Article 2 declares that all have “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.(Declaration of Human Rights, Article2).” Despite this declaration, little has been done at an international level to ensure that the rights of women worldwide are protected. In fact, there has been an increase in the crimes committed against women, “studies in 10 countries,...have found that between 17% to 39% of...


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