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Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): A Quick Reference Guide

By: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights

Nationality laws determine the ability to acquire, change, and retain one’s nationality and to confer nationality on children and spouses. 26 countries deny women the ability to confer nationality on children on an equal basis with men. Over 50 countries maintain other gender discriminatory provisions in their nationality laws.

This reference guide highlights key international human rights provisions found in CEDAW that are relevant to women’s nationality rights and individuals affected by gender discrimination in nationality laws, including stateless persons. It is addressed to all stakeholders who may wish to use this international human rights instrument to advance gender equal nationality rights and improve the enjoyment of human rights by affected persons, thereby helping to meet the goals of the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights (GCENR) and the #IBelong Campaign to End Statelessness.

The Guide is also available in French.

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Uploaded on: Jun 19, 2017
Last Updated: Jun 20, 2017
Year Published: 2017
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