Gender equality and non-discrimination legisaltion

The ICJ has released a briefing paper entitled ‘International Human Rights Law and Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination Legislation. Requirements and Good Practices.’

Ensuring women’s enjoyment of  their human rights on a basis of equality and without discrimination is a fundamental tenet of international law and is enshrined in a range of international human rights treaty provisions. In order to give effect to this obligation, States must enact legislative guarantees of gender equality and prohibitions of discrimination that are effective and fit for purpose.

This short briefing paper provides an overview of the basic components that international treaty monitoring bodies have repeatedly held must be encompassed within national legal provisions in order to meet the requirements of international law and standards.

GenderEquality&NonDiscriminationLegislation-BriefingPaper-Legal-2014 (download briefing paper in PDF)

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