Project on a Mechanism to Address Laws that Discriminate Against Women

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May 20, 2016

Project on a Mechanism to Address Laws that Discriminate Against Women

The aim of the project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. The terms of reference specified two key objectives. The first was to overview existing UN mechanisms to ascertain the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws. This involved interviewing UN human rights and agency officials working in both Geneva and New York1 and also reviewing the reports and jurisprudence of human rights committees and special procedure mechanisms. The second was to try to get national data on laws that discriminate against women. This was to be done by means of a questionnaire. On the basis of the data gathered, the consultant was required to advise on whether a special mechanism addressing discriminatory laws was needed (...)

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Author: 
Dr. Fareda Banda
Publisher: 
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights – Women’s Rights and Gender Unit
Publication year: 
2008