"A human rights-based approach entails consciously and systematically paying attention to human rights in all aspects of program development. A HRBA is a conceptual framework for the process of human development that is normatively based on international human rights standards and operationally directed to promoting and protecting human rights. The objective of the HRBA is to empower people (rights-holders) to realize their rights and strengthen the State (duty-bearers) to comply with their human rights obligations and duties. States’ obligations to human rights require them to respect, protect and fulfill women’s and girls’ rights, along with the rights of men and boys. When they fail to do so, the United Nations has a responsibility to work with partners to strengthen capacity to more effectively realize that duty".
Source: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women. n.d. "Gender Equality Glossary". UN Women. <https://trainingcentre.unwomen.org/mod/glossary/view.php?id=36&mode=letter&hook=H&sortkey=&sortorder=>. Accessed 27 October 2020.