On International Women’s Day: Call to narrow the gap between legislation and reality


Geneva, March 8, 2019

In light of the flagrant violations of human rights in general and the rights of women in particular, the Geneva Council for Rights and Liberties strives to confront this situation by exposing, condemning and opposing such violations by all available means and by rejecting all forms of discrimination against women and all obstacles to the promotion and protection of their rights particularly at the legislative level.

Although most countries ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and were quick to enact laws and legislation that emphasized the principles of gender equality, the fact is that the lack of compliance with many laws and legislation has led to the marginalization and abuse of women, and making women lose their natural status in society, where always occupies the second place after men in many rights, including the right to citizenship, nationality, health, education and inheritance rights and property and marital rights, not to mention discrimination in employment opportunities and salaries and political representation in the governments, parliaments and parties.

The issue of women’s rights has been a matter of great concern for decades and has taken a wide interest in political parties, politicians, civil society organizations and human rights defenders and has been included in the agenda of the most important international forums. However, most existing legislation infringe the rights of women and other inequities with men. In the political, economic, social and cultural fields. Especially in third world countries and societies , where mechanisms do not protect the rights of women from the established legal systems but this does not mean that women in developed countries have obtained all their rights. Violence against women continues to be widespread throughout the world and in all cultures whether physical, sexual or psychological. Women constitute the majority of the poor in the world. According to UN statistics, women account for two-thirds of the world’s working hours and produce half of the food They earn only 10% of their income and own less than 1% of the world’s property. This violates international human rights law, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex and includes guarantees for men and women to enjoy their civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights on an equal footing.

The Geneva Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) calls on all States Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women to fulfill their obligations and to take the necessary measures to deter all discriminatory practices based on sex and to reject all forms of discrimination and slavery and to restrict freedoms against women by instructing their judicial authorities to amend legislation Which violates the principle of equality between men and women and the adoption of all articles of the Convention and the lifting of reservations to its main articles, such as articles 2 and 6, which affect the personal and family life of young girls and women.

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