Gender Equality Laws: Global Good Practice and A Review of Five Southeast Asian Countries

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March 25, 2011

Gender Equality Laws: Global Good Practice and A Review of Five Southeast Asian Countries

The publication of Gender Equality Laws: Global Good Practice and A Review of Five Southeast Asian Countries, in part a response to the call from States parties for a resource establishing good practice guiding principles, is therefore a timely and important resource to assist actors, public and private, government and non government, in both the development of new gender equality laws as well as the implementation of existing gender equality laws. This publication examines and analyses gender equality laws from around the world, identifying those provisions that represent good practice from a CEDAW informed perpective - practices that are recognised for having worked in their respective contexts but are not intended however to be held as prescriptive measures for other countries. Rather, they serve as guiding principles for similar initiatives. This publication also provides a detailed analysis of five draft and enacted GEL in Southeast Asia, a region where governments and civil society are working together to ensure that a State party's ratification of CEDAW leads to actual reform of law and policy in all the areas of women's lives where discrimination is experienced.

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Author: 
Christine Forster and Vedna Jivan
Publisher: 
UNIFEM
Publication year: 
2009