Hillary Rodham Clinton presented her speech “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” on September 5, 1995, at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women. Held in Beijing, China, the conference focused on “Action for Equality, Development, and Peace” which was a perfect atmosphere for Clinton’s message.
The purpose of her speech was to convey how urgent the need for equal rights is, and how women’s rights are vital to the future of society. The speech is intended for not only women to take a stand on gender equality, but for men and government officials to realize that they need to make a change in this world.Clinton spoke on poverty, abuse, and lack of health care for women worldwide. in her speech, she describes how the process of providing education and safety for women could improve the world’s overall success.In her speech, Clinton used different techniques to convince people and convey her message to the audience.
Clinton repeats phrases like “Their families will flourish” and “It is a violation of human rights”, repetition makes the idea stick with a person and makes the message clearer to the audience, giving it more impact. She also tries to appeal to people with children.She said she wants the good for further generations to come. This makes audience worried about the future of their children and grandchildren, hence making them take an action to change the situation.
Some persuasive techniques include appealing to people’s emotions. Clinton’s speech displays this technique when she says, “We come together in fields and in factories. In village markets and supermarkets. In living rooms and boardrooms.” Her words suggest that she is one of those everyday people in fields, factories, markets, living rooms, and boardrooms.
Clinton further expands this idea by saying, “We share a common future.” This statement suggests that because we share the same future, we are on the same level. She is telling her audience that they should listen to her because she is one of them, and thus has similar goals. Clinton made the audience believe that they are on the same ground and won their trust. When she says, “That is why every woman, every man, every child, every family, and every nation on our planet has a stake in the discussion that takes place here,” she is again promoting that idea of oneness, which is the sharing of both struggles and goals. Clinton tries to unite people by making them believe that they share the same future.
“we must,” “let us not forget,” let us heed that call”, all these phrases tell the audience to do something to change the situation. She said “Earlier today, I participated in a world health organization forum… Tomorrow, I will attend a gathering of United Nations Development Fund for Women”. Involvement in these powerful, global organizations gives her credibility.Throughout the speech, Clinton was Serious, Determined and Persuasive. Words like abuse, rape, violence, and death aren’t used in a friendly and light conversation, these are used on a severe issue.Hillary used her status and voice to support the cause for women, promoting equal rights in the workplace.
Hillary discussed different parts of the world and how women live there. She even gave the example of her own country, making the speech more genuine and build trust. Hilary discussed the struggles in America, in the Declaration of Independence.Clinton utilizes her past experiences and draws from historical events to appeal to her audience and transmit her belief that “women’s Rights are Human Rights” She tries to make herself trustworthy by saying that she has been a part of organizations and women’s work.The final message which Hillary Clinton wanted to convey was that Women work a tremendous amount to support themselves and their families.
However, they are still not given credit. Women deserve the same rights as everyone else and should not be discriminated against using emotional, mental, or physical torture. While some areas try to help women, the whole world needs to realize the work of a woman and that they should be treated as equals with dignity and respect. Hillary was successful in conveying this message to the audience all over the world.Clinton did a great job of establishing credibility and trust within the context of her speech on women’s rights. all in all, the speech comes together very well and practices rhetoric appeals to persuade the audience to agree with what she is arguing. Her confidence is reflected and displayed throughout the speech making the speech a great success.
Clinton’s speech was completely focused on women and their rights, but she did not mention anything about the transgender community which is in the world and suffering the similar issues. They are also denied rights and in some cases more than a woman. Transgender also live a painful life, they are denied from jobs just because of their appearance. they are also human and they have feelings.They should also get equal rights as everyone.