Human Rights of Women – Definition of Womanhood and Examples of the Word “Woman” in Other Languages


In this article we’ll discuss the human rights of women, the definition of womanhood, how the word “woman” came to be, and examples of the word in other languages. Let’s start by looking at the word “woman.”

Human rights of women

The UN General Assembly adopts the CEDAW, or Convention on the Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of Women. It is one of the most widely ratified treaties on human rights. It requires States to eliminate discrimination against women in all areas of their lives, including marriage and family life. It also places special emphasis on childcare facilities and social services for women, as well as on their participation in public life. CEDAW also calls for the provision of non-discriminatory family planning services and health care, and addressing the sexual exploitation and trafficking of women.

Definition of womanhood

The term womanhood is derived from the noun ‘woman’ and the suffix ‘-hood’. Its origins date back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Like other nouns ending in -hood, womanhood refers to the grouping of women, or womanhood, as a whole. It has become an international colloquial term, celebrating all women in the world. Women are viewed as being equal in their rights, but in many cultures, women are seen as less valuable.

Origin of the word woman

The word woman has its origins in the middle and old English words “wif man” and “woman.” Originally, “wif” meant female while “man” meant person. Then in the late 16th century, the word “woman” was shorted to “woman.” The word “were” was used to specify male but only survives in words like “werewolf”. The origin of the word woman is still debated but it is generally accepted that it derives from the same Greek root as the word for male and female.

Examples of the word woman in other languages

If you’ve ever tried to translate the English word “woman” into another language, you’ve probably noticed that the prefixes are different. The word woman is not cognate in Germanic languages with the exception of Romanian. Interestingly, the Romanian word is derived from the Latin familia, the same root as English’s “wife.”

Defining a woman in other languages

A woman’s importance in a man’s life can be expressed in many ways. She can be his wife, mistress, girlfriend, lover, or any combination of these. Different languages have different ways of describing a woman’s strength. For example, the Zulu language defines women as muhle, a strong word that is normally not used as a compliment for a young woman. However, this is also the word used to describe the ruling monarch’s mother, which is an aggressive and dominant woman.