Universal Human Rights

The United Nations and the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters campaigned to establish the United Nations in 1945 and continues its engagement with the UN through its UN Observers. The national LWV has special consultative status through the Economic and Social Council of the UN. Such status allows the LWV to send Delegates and Observers to various official events at the UN, most notably the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW), High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and Conference of the Parties on Climate Change.


UN Human Rights Treaties and Conventions

This group has worked together to produce several documents to educate League members about universal human rights and promote respect for these human rights and freedoms.

The Briefing Book reviews human rights treaties dealing with civil and political rights, economic and social rights, rights of persons with disabilities, children’s rights, rights of older persons, migrants’ rights, and rights of persons of all races. The Briefing Book outlines the synergies between universal human rights conventions and the League’s position statements, to inspire League initiatives that accelerate progress toward human rights.

This article, written for the Virginia Voter June 2020, discusses COVID’s disproportionate impact on women’s rights.

This is a review of the UN treaties dealing with torture and solitary confinement, and its synergies with the League’s positions.

Caucus at the 2020 national League convention to amplify awareness of the connection between climate change, climate migration, immigration, and human rights.