Discrimination in law

Jordan: National Efforts to Confront "Honor Killings" and to Protect Women from Violence

Action Number: 
18.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2000 Dec 1

Honor killingsOne woman was knifed to death because she wanted to continue her education and refused to marry the man chosen for her by her family. Another woman was shot five times because she ran away from her husband who continually beat and raped her. Another was strangled on her wedding night when her husband discovered she was no longer a virgin.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament, urging him to support and to encourage other Members of Parliament to support all necessary amendments to the Penal Code so that it guarantees equality and justice and protects the value of all human life. Note that "honor killings" are a violation of fundamental human rights, including the right to life and to security of person, and the right to equal protection under the law.

Please also write to the Minister of Social Development expressing concern over the lack of shelters and other support services for women. Urge her to protect these women by establishing shelters and allowing non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to establish shelters, and by implementing adequate support services around the country for women under threat of violence and at risk of being killed.

His Excellency Abd al-Hadi al-Majali
Speaker of the Lower House of Parliament
P.O. Box 72
Amman, JORDAN
Fax: 962-6-568-5970

Her Excellency Tamam al-Ghwol
Ministry of Social Development
P.O. Box 6720
Amman, JORDAN
Fax: 962-6-593-0687

Uganda: Exclusion of Women from Land Ownership—The “Lost Clause”

Action Number: 
17.2
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2004 Nov 1

The Land (Amendment) Act came into force on 18 March 2004, signaling important progress toward women’s equality. In August 2000, Equality Now issued Women’s Action 17.1 calling for an amendment to the Ugandan Land Act 1998 that would provide for co-ownership of land between spouses.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the President and the Minister for Water, Land and Environment as set out below. Congratulate them on the important amendments to Ugandan law, which provide for security of occupancy of land. Encourage them to continue with reforms that would ensure the equal rights of men and women in Uganda in all spheres, including land ownership.

His Excellency Yoweri Museveni
President of Uganda
Parliamentary Building
P.O. Box 7168
Kampala, UGANDA
Fax: +256-41-235459/244012

The Honorable Col. Kahinda Otafiire
Minister for Water, Land and Environment
P.O. Box 7096
Kampala, UGANDA
Fax: +256-41-230891
Email: mwle@mwle.go.ug

Uganda: Exclusion of Women from Land Ownership—The "Lost Clause"

Action Number: 
17.1
Update: 
Not an update
Date: 
2000 Aug 1

Women demonstratingFor over 38 years Mariam Namayanja Kabeere lived with her husband in a small house in Kakoba, Uganda. As farmers, they worked a small plot of land, called a kibanja, for their livelihood and raised six children. When Mariam's husband married another woman (polygamy is legal in Uganda under Islamic law or if the couple is married under customary law), he built his new wife a house on the kibanja and barred Mariam from the property.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the President and the following officials. Call on them to publicly support and ensure swift passage of the co-ownership amendment to the Land Act. Cite the Ugandan Constitution, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the African Charter, all of which mandate the Ugandan government to eliminate discrimination against women and to promote women's rights. Note the gross gender disparity in land ownership in contrast with the disproportionate contribution of women to the agricultural sector, and the need for women's increased security of land tenure. Cite the case of Mariam Kabeere, a women who was forced off her land and is now being forced out of her home after 38 years. This is a violation of Mariam's human rights, which the co-ownership amendment would remedy.

His Excellency Yoweri Museveni
President of Uganda
Parliamentary Building
P.O. Box 7168
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256-41-254881-8
Fax: +256-41-235459/244012

Hon. Edward Sekandi
Speaker of the Parliament
Parliament Avenue
P.O. Box 7178
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: 256-41-341038/346806
Fax: 256-41-231296/347826
Email: speaker@parliament.go.ug

Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda
Minister for Water, Land, and Environment
P.O. Box 7122
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256-41-342931-3 or 358191
Fax: +256-41-230891
Email: rugunda@parliament.go.ug

Hon. Hilary Onek
Chair, Parliamentary Committee
on Water, Land & Environment
P.O. Box 7178
Kampala, Uganda
Tel: +256-41-251601
Fax: +256-41-346826
Email: honek@parliament.go.ug

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing+10 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.9
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2007 Feb 1

Numerous laws that discriminate against women continue to exist around the world, expressing in concrete terms formal government policy towards women. Governments that allow discriminatory laws to remain in force in this way endorse and promote inequality and deny women recourse when they face discrimination that affects all aspects of their lives including security, bodily integrity, family life, community status, and political, economic and social prospects.

What You Can Do: 

Please call on your government's foreign ministry to support the creation by the CSW of a Special Rapporteur on laws that discriminate against women. Thank your government if it is a co-sponsor of the resolutions passed and ask that it maintain its leadership role in promoting this mechanism at the CSW and among other governments to accelerate reform of legal discrimination against women. Continue also to write to the governments of countries highlighted in Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 10 Review Process (PDF, 196K). Call on them to ensure that the laws cited, and any other discriminatory laws in force, are repealed or amended, noting the agreed target date of 2005. Ask your own justice ministry to undertake a comprehensive review to identify and address any laws with sex discriminatory language or impact. Share your concerns and this Update with the media and the general public to enlist their support in the campaign to eliminate laws that discriminate against women.

Corrections and Contact Updates

Page 3   Israel  

The Prime Minister of Israel is now Mr. Ehud Olmert. See updated fax number below.

     
Page 3   Japan  

The Prime Minister of Japan is now Mr. Shinzo Abe. The contact information is:

Prime Minister's Office
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
1 Chome
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0014, JAPAN
Tel: +81-3-3581 2361
Fax: +81-3-3593 1784
To email Prime Minister Abe, go to: http://www.kantei.go.jp/foreign/forms/comment.html.

     
Page 5   Poland   The Prime Minister of Poland is now Mr. Jaroslaw Kaczynski. See updated telephone number below.
     
Page 5   Romania  

The President of Romania is now Mr. Traian Basescu. The contact information for President Basescu is:

Palatul Cotroceni,
Strada Geniului nr. 1-3
Sector 5 - Bucuresti 060116, ROMANIA
Tel: +40-21-410 05 81
Fax: +40-21-319 31 31
Email: procetatean@presidency.ro.

     
Page 8   Tanzania   The President of Tanzania is now Mr. Jakaya Kikwete. See updated telephone number below..
     
Page 9   Bangladesh  

The Head of State of Bangladesh is now Dr. Fakhruddin Ahmed, Honorable Chief Advisor. The updated mailing address is:

Office of the Chief Advisor
Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh
Tejgoan, Dhaka, BANGLADESH

     
Page 10   Kenya   The email for President Kibaki is president@statehousekenya.go.ke.
     
Page 10   Monaco  

Article 1 has been modified by the addition of the following paragraphs:
"4. Every person born of a Monegasque mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by naturalization, by reestablishment of nationality, or by application of the provisions of the second paragraph of article 6 or the fourth paragraph of article 7 of this law.
5. Every person born of a mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by declaration following a simple adoption.
6. Every person born in Monaco of unknown parents.
The nationality of a child who has been the object of a legitimating adoption is determined according to the distinctions established in the previous paragraph."

The Head of State of Monaco is now Prince Albert II. The email for Prince Albert II is centre-info@gouv.mc. See updated fax number below.

     
Page 13   Pakistan   To email President Musharraf, go to www.presidentofpakistan.gov.pk/WTPresidentMessage.aspx
     
Page 13   Saudi Arabia  

The King of Saudi Arabia is now King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud. The mailing address is:

Royal Court
Riyadh 11111, SAUDI ARABIA

No email is available.

     
Page 14   Philippines   To email President Macapagal-Arroyo, go to www.op.gov.ph/contact.asp. See updated fax number below.
     
Page 15   Chile  

The President of Chile is now Ms. Michelle Bachelet Jeri. To email President Bachelet, go to www.presidencyofchile.cl/view/viewRegistraUsuario.asp

See updated fax and telephone numbers below.

     
Page 17   Bolivia   The President of Bolivia is now Mr. Evo Morales. The email for President Morales is despacho@presidencia.gov.bo.  See updated fax number below.
     
Page 17   Cameroon   The email for President Biya is celcom@prc.cm.
     
Page 18   Latvia  

The Prime Minister of Latvia is now Mr. Aigars Kalvitis.
The wording of Section 138(6) of the Labour Law has been amended, but remains discriminatory. It now reads: "It is prohibited to employ at night persons who are under 18 years of age, pregnant women and women for a period following childbirth of up to one year, but if a woman is breastfeeding then during the whole period of breastfeeding, if there is a doctor's opinion that the performance of the relevant work causes a threat to the safety and health of the woman or her child."

See updated telephone and fax numbers below.

     
Page 19   Madagascar   The Prime Minister of Madagascar is now Mr. Charles Rabemananjara. See updated telephone and fax numbers below.
     
Page 19   United Kingdom   Section 85(4) has been amended but remains discriminatory. It now reads: “Nothing in this Act shall render unlawful an act done for the purpose of ensuring the combat effectiveness of the armed forces.” To send an email to Prime Minister Blair, go to: http://www.pm.gov.uk/output/Page821.asp
     
Page 24   Nigeria   The email for President Obasanjo is president.obasanjo@nigeria.gov.org
     
Page 25   Haiti   The President of Haiti is now Mr. Rene Preval. See updated fax number below.
     
Page 27   Iran   The President of Iran is now Mr. Mahmud Ahmadinejad. The contact information is: Presidency Office Pasteur Avenue, Postal Box 1423-13185 Tehran 13168-43311, IRAN Tel: +98-21-64451 Fax: +98-21-6646 2774 Email: dr-ahmadinejad@president.ir

Updated contact numbers are as follows:

Page 1   Algeria  

Tel: +213-21-68 2292
Fax: +213-21-69 1595

     
Page 3   Israel   Fax: +972-2-651 3955
     
Page 4   Mali   Fax: +223-223-0026/ 223-1715
     
Page 5   Poland   Tel: +48-22-841 3832/694 6983
     
Page 5   Romania   Tel: +40-21-410 0581
     
Page 7   Sudan   President’s Palace
PO Box 281
Khartoum, SUDAN
No fax number or email address is available.
     
Page 8   Tanzania   Tel: +255-22 211 6539
     
Page 8   Yemen   Tel: +967-1-208 934/402 2983
Fax: +967-127 4147
     
Page 10   Kenya   Fax: +254-20-25 02 64
     
Page 10   Monaco   Fax: +377 92 16 02 22
     
Page 14   Philippines   Fax: +63-2-736 1010
     
Page 15   Chile   Tel: +56-2-690 4361
Fax: +56-2-690 4077
     
Page 15   Lesotho   Fax: +266-22 320 662
     
Page 17   Bolivia   Fax: +591-22-11 32 04
     
Page 19   Latvia   Tel: +371-708 2800
Fax: +371-728 0469
     
Page 19   Madagascar   Tel: +261-2-022 331 16/650 10
No fax number is available.
     
Page 22   Lebanon   Tel: +961-1-866 301
Fax: +961-5-920 472
     
Page 24   Nigeria   No fax number is available.
     
Page 25   Haiti   Fax: +509-224 4875/228 2319/228 2320

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing+10 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.8
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2005 May 1

Ten years ago at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, governments pledged in the Beijing Platform for Action to “revoke any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.” In 2000, the Outcome Document of the Special Session of the General Assembly convened to review the Platform for Action established a target date of 2005 for revocation of all discriminatory laws.

What You Can Do: 

Please call on your government to support the creation by the CSW of a Special Rapporteur on laws that discriminate against women, and to communicate this support to the Secretary-General for inclusion in his report. Thank your government if it is a co-sponsor of the resolution that was passed in March 2005, and note the importance of building support for the next session of the CSW in March 2006. If possible, please get and send us copies of any communications from your government to the Secretary-General on the Special Rapporteur. Continue also to write to the governments of countries highlighted in Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 10 Review Process (PDF, 196K). Call on them to ensure that the laws cited, and any other discriminatory laws in force, are repealed or amended, noting the agreed target date of 2005. Ask your own government to undertake a comprehensive review to identify and address any laws with sex discriminatory language or impact. Share the report and your concerns, and the recent developments noted on the reverse side of this page, with the media and the general public to enlist their support in the campaign to eliminate laws that discriminate against women.

Following are developments relating to the laws highlighted in Equality Now’s 2004 Beijing + 10 report:

Colombia: The Constitutional Court struck down the discriminatory provisions of Article 140(2) of the Civil Code, ruling that disparities in marriage age based on sex were unenforceable in light of Colombia’s international commitments and the principle of equality enshrined in the Constitution. The marriage age, previously 12 for girls, is now 14 for both boys and girls. While Equality Now welcomes the removal of sex discrimination in this provision, it encourages the government of Colombia to institute further reform to raise the marriage age to 18, the age of majority under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Colombia is a party.

Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Parliament adopted a new Penal Code in 2004 that removes the marital exemption from penalty for crimes of abduction and rape. The new Code came into effect on 9 May 2005.

Kuwait: On 16 May 2005, the Kuwaiti Parliament amended the election law to grant women the right to vote and stand for election.

Monaco: The government has revised Article 1 of Law No. 1155, so that it now provides equivalent rights to Monegasque mothers and fathers to pass their nationality to their children. The amendments were effected, however, by a structure that enumerates specific categories of mothers who could pass on nationality, while preserving to fathers a blanket right to do so. Consequently, while the change is welcome, the law remains facially discriminatory. According to government officials, this differentiation derives from the law regarding acquisition of Monegasque nationality by marriage, including Article 3 of Law No. 1155, which was also highlighted in Equality Now’s full report as discriminatory. Article 3 permits non-Monegasque women to acquire Monegasque nationality in certain circumstances through marriage to Monegasque men, but Monegasque women do not have the equivalent right to pass on their nationality to their non-Monegasque husbands. Please write to the government, welcoming the changes that have been made to Article 1 but calling for the amendment of Article 3 to provide for equal nationality rights for non-Monegasque men and women who marry Monegasque nationals and further revision to remove the discriminatory structure of Article 1.

Morocco: Morocco has effected broad legal reform that includes the following amendment to the provision cited in Equality Now’s report, which had been limited to violence committed by a husband against his wife:

Section 418—A mitigating circumstance obtains in cases of murder, injury or beating committed by one spouse against the other spouse, when either party is caught in flagrante delicto committing an act of infidelity.

While Equality Now welcomes the revision of this law to eliminate explicit discrimination against women, Morocco, together with other governments, committed in the Beijing Platform to “ensure equality and non-discrimination under the law and in practice” (emphasis added). The new law, while gender neutral on its face, may continue to be applied in a way that discriminates against women by mitigating punishment for offenders who are all, or almost all, men who have killed women in so-called “honor” killings. Please write to the government, congratulating it on the several reforms made that provide for sex equality. Urge the government to continue this reform through the repeal of Section 418, which maintains an exemption from punishment for murder that will in practice largely, if not exclusively, be applied to men who murder women.

Republic of Korea: The Constitutional Court ruled unconstitutional the provisions of Articles 778 and 781 that established male primacy with respect to succession to the family headship. The National Assembly passed legislation on 2 March 2005 amending the provisions of the Civil Code (Family Law) accordingly and also amended the provision that had mandated that children be given their father’s surname. However, a child will still automatically take its father’s name unless the couple stipulates otherwise during the registration of the marriage. A new registration system is intended be put into effect, details of which are scheduled to be proposed to the National Assembly in June 2005, but which is unlikely to come into force until 2008. It will only be then that married women who so choose can be registered under their own name.

Corrections and Contact Updates

Page 2   Colombia  

The provision should read Article 140 instead of Article 40.
To email President Uribe, go to www.presidencia.gov.co.

     
Page 4   Poland   The Prime Minister of Poland is now Mr. Marek Belka.
     
Page 5   Romania   The President of Romania is now Mr. Traian Basescu. President Basescu's e-mail address is presedinte@presidency.ro.
     
Page 10   Monaco   Article 1 has been modified by the addition of the following paragraphs:
“4. Every person born of a Monegasque mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by naturalization, by reestablishment of nationality, or by application of the provisions of the second paragraph of article 6 or the fourth paragraph of article 7 of this law.
5. Every person born of a mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by declaration following a simple adoption.
6. Every person born in Monaco of unknown parents.
The nationality of a child who has been the object of a legitimating adoption is determined according to the distinctions established in the previous paragraph.”
The Head of State of Monaco is now Prince Albert II.
     
Page 14   Phillippines   To e-mail President Macapagal-Arroyo, go to www.op.gov.ph. See updated fax number below.
     
Page 16   Nepal  

Please contact
His Majesty The King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
Royal Palace Secretariat
Narayanhity Royal Palace
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-227576, 227577
Fax: +977-1-228295
The provision in the report should read: “If she [an unmarried daughter] gets married… the property remaining shall go to her successors in accordance with law.”

     
Page 17   Bolivia   The e-mail for President Mesa is despacho@presidencia.gov.bo. No fax number is available.
     
Page 18   Latvia   The Prime Minister of Latvia is now Mr. Aigars Kalv_tis.
The wording of Section 138(6) of the Labour Law has been amended, but remains discriminatory. It now reads: “It is prohibited to employ at night persons who are under 18 years of age, pregnant women and women for a period following childbirth of up to one year, but if a woman is breastfeeding then during the whole period of breastfeeding, if there is a doctor’s opinion that the performance of the relevant work causes a threat to the safety and health of the woman or her child.”
     
Page 19   United Kingdom   Section 85(4) has been amended but remains discriminatory. It now reads: “Nothing in this Act shall render unlawful an act done for the purpose of ensuring the combat effectiveness of the armed forces.”
     
Page 21   Guatemala   The President’s full name is Mr. Oscar Berger Perdomo. President Berger’s email address is presidente@scspr.gob.gt. See updated phone and fax numbers below.
     
Page 22   Uruguay   The President of Uruguay is now Mr. Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas.
     
Page 22   India   The Prime Minister of India is now Dr. Manmohan Singh. See updated phone and fax numbers below.
     
Page 24   Tonga   Please contact HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata
Prime Minister’s Office
P.O. Box 62
Nuku’alofa
Tonga
Phone: +676 25 063
Fax: +676 23 888
E-mail: go to www.pmo.gov.to
     
Page 25   Haiti   The interim President of Haiti is Mr. Boniface Alexandre. See updated fax number below.

Updated contact numbers are as follows:

Page 2   Colombia  

Fax: +57-1-337 5890

     
Page 2   Israel   Fax: +972-2-670 5475
     
Page 3   Japan   Prime Minister's Office
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0014
Tel: +81-3-3581 3111
Fax: +81-3-3593 1784
     
Page 10   Kenya   Fax: +254-20-25 02 64
     
Page 14   Philippines   Fax: +63(2) 736-1010
     
Page 15   Lesotho   Fax: +266-22-310 518
     
Page 19   Madagascar   Phone: +261-2022 548 41 Fax: +261-2022-562 09
     
Page 21   Guatemala   Phone: +502-239 0000 Fax: +502-239 0076
     
Page 22   India   Phone: +91-11-2301 2312 Fax: +91-11-2301 9545/2301 6857
     
Page 24   Nigeria   Fax: +234-9-314 6347
     
Page 25   Haiti   Fax: +509-228-2319/228-2320/224-4875
     
Page 27   Iran   Fax: +98-21-646 2774

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing+10 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.7
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2005 Feb 1

Ten years ago at the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women, governments pledged in the Beijing Platform for Action to “revoke any remaining laws that discriminate on the basis of sex.” In 1999, Equality Now launched a campaign calling on governments to fulfill this pledge by the time of the 2000 Beijing + 5 review and highlighted a representative sampling of explicitly discriminatory laws in 45 countries in its report Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 5 Review Process.

What You Can Do: 

Please call urgently on your government to support the creation of a Special Rapporteur on laws that discriminate against women. Continue to write to the governments of countries highlighted in Equality Now’s 2004 updated report Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 10 Review Process (PDF, 196K). Call on them to ensure that the laws cited, and any other discriminatory laws in force, are repealed or amended, noting the agreed target date of 2005. Call on your own government to undertake a comprehensive review to identify and address any laws with sex discriminatory language or impact. Share the report and your concerns, and the recent developments noted on the reverse side of this page, with the media and the general public to enlist their support in the campaign to hold governments accountable to the commitments they made in Beijing.

Following are developments relating to the laws highlighted in Equality Now's 2004 Beijing+10 report:

Colombia: The Constitutional Court struck down the discriminatory provisions of Article 140(2) of the Civil Code, ruling that disparities in marriage age based on sex were unenforceable in light of Colombia’s international commitments and the principle of equality enshrined in the Constitution. The marriage age, previously 12 for girls, is now 14 for both boys and girls. While Equality Now welcomes the removal of sex discrimination in this provision, it encourages the government of Colombia to institute further reform to raise the marriage age to 18, the age of majority under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Colombia is a party.

Ethiopia: The Ethiopian Parliament adopted a new Penal Code in 2004 that removes the marital exemption from penalty for crimes of abduction and rape. The new Code will come into force once the final text has been signed into law by the President and published in the official gazette.

Monaco: The government has revised Article 1 of Law No. 1155, so that it now provides equivalent rights to Monegasque mothers and fathers to pass their nationality to their children. The amendments were effected, however, by a structure that enumerates specific categories of mothers who could pass on nationality, while preserving to fathers a blanket right to do so. Consequently, while the change is welcome, the law remains facially discriminatory. According to government officials, this differentiation derives from the law regarding acquisition of Monegasque nationality by marriage, including Article 3 of Law No. 1155, which was also highlighted in Equality Now’s full report as discriminatory. Article 3 permits non-Monegasque women to acquire Monegasque nationality in certain circumstances through marriage to Monegasque men, but Monegasque women do not have the equivalent right to pass on their nationality to their non-Monegasque husbands. Please write to the government, welcoming the changes that have been made to Article 1 but calling for the amendment of Article 3 to provide for equal nationality rights for non-Monegasque men and women who marry Monegasque nationals and further revision to remove the discriminatory structure of Article 1.

Morocco: Morocco has effected broad legal reform that includes the following amendment to the provision cited in Equality Now’s report, which had been limited to violence committed by a husband against his wife:

Section 418—A mitigating circumstance obtains in cases of murder, injury or beating committed by one spouse against the other spouse, when either party is caught in flagrante delicto committing an act of infidelity.

While Equality Now welcomes the revision of this law to eliminate explicit discrimination against women, Morocco, together with other governments, committed in the Beijing Platform to “ensure equality and non-discrimination under the law and in practice” (emphasis added). The new law, while gender neutral on its face, may continue to be applied in a way that discriminates against women by mitigating punishment for offenders who are all, or almost all, men who have killed women in so-called “honor” killings. Please write to the government, congratulating it on the several reforms made that provide for sex equality. Urge the government to continue this reform through the repeal of Section 418, which maintains an exemption from punishment for murder that will in practice largely, if not exclusively, be applied to men who murder women.

Republic of Korea: The Constitutional Court ruled Articles 778 and 781 unconstitutional, but these provisions, establishing male primacy in succession to the role of head of family and mandating that children be given their father’s surname, remain in effect pending enactment of substitute laws.

Corrections and Contact Updates

Page 2   Colombia  

The provision should read Article 140 instead of Article 40.
To email President Uribe, go to www.presidencia.gov.co.

     
Page 4   Poland   The Prime Minister of Poland is now Mr. Marek Belka.
     
Page 5   Romania   The President of Romania is now Mr. Traian Basescu. President Basescu's e-mail address is presedinte@presidency.ro.
     
Page 10   Monaco   Article 1 has been modified by the addition of the following paragraphs:
“4. Every person born of a Monegasque mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by naturalization, by reestablishment of nationality, or by application of the provisions of the second paragraph of article 6 or the fourth paragraph of article 7 of this law.
5. Every person born of a mother who acquired Monegasque nationality by declaration following a simple adoption.
6. Every person born in Monaco of unknown parents.
The nationality of a child who has been the object of a legitimating adoption is determined according to the distinctions established in the previous paragraph.”
     
Page 14   Phillippines   To e-mail President Macapagal-Arroyo, go to www.op.gov.ph. See updated fax number below.
     
Page 16   Nepal  

Please contact
His Majesty The King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Dev
Royal Palace Secretariat
Narayanhity Royal Palace
Kathmandu, Nepal
Phone: +977-1-227576, 227577
Fax: +977-1-228295
The provision in the report should read: “If she [an unmarried daughter] gets married… the property remaining shall go to her successors in accordance with law.”

     
Page 17   Bolivia   The e-mail for President Mesa is despacho@presidencia.gov.bo. No fax number is available.
     
Page 18   Latvia   The Prime Minister of Latvia is now Mr. Aigars Kalv_tis.
The wording of Section 138(6) of the Labour Law has been amended, but remains discriminatory. It now reads: “It is prohibited to employ at night persons who are under 18 years of age, pregnant women and women for a period following childbirth of up to one year, but if a woman is breastfeeding then during the whole period of breastfeeding, if there is a doctor’s opinion that the performance of the relevant work causes a threat to the safety and health of the woman or her child.”
     
Page 19   United Kingdom   Section 85(4) has been amended but remains discriminatory. It now reads: “Nothing in this Act shall render unlawful an act done for the purpose of ensuring the combat effectiveness of the armed forces.”
     
Page 21   Guatemala   The President’s full name is Mr. Oscar Berger Perdomo. President Berger’s email address is presidente@scspr.gob.gt. See updated phone and fax numbers below.
     
Page 22   Uruguay   As of 1 March 2005, the President of Uruguay will be Mr. Tabaré Ramón Vázquez Rosas.
     
Page 22   India   The Prime Minister of India is now Dr. Manmohan Singh. See updated phone and fax numbers below.
     
Page 24   Tonga   Please contact HRH Prince 'Ulukalala Lavaka Ata
Prime Minister’s Office
P.O. Box 62
Nuku’alofa
Tonga
Phone: +676 25 063
Fax: +676 23 888
E-mail: go to www.pmo.gov.to
     
Page 25   Haiti   The interim President of Haiti is Mr. Boniface Alexandre. See updated fax number below.

Updated contact numbers are as follows:

Page 2   Colombia  

Fax: +57-1-337 5890

     
Page 2   Israel   Fax: +972-2-670 5475
     
Page 3   Japan   Prime Minister's Office
1-6-1 Nagata-cho
Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100-0014
Tel: +81-3-3581 3111
Fax: +81-3-3593 1784
     
Page 10   Kenya   Fax: +254-20-25 02 64
     
Page 14   Philippines   Fax: +63(2) 736-1010
     
Page 15   Lesotho   Fax: +266-22-310 518
     
Page 19   Madagascar   Phone: +261-2022 548 41 Fax: +261-2022-562 09
     
Page 21   Guatemala   Phone: +502-239 0000 Fax: +502-239 0076
     
Page 22   India   Phone: +91-11-2301 2312 Fax: +91-11-2301 9545/2301 6857
     
Page 24   Nigeria   Fax: +234-9-314 6347
     
Page 25   Haiti   Fax: +509-228-2319/228-2320/224-4875
     
Page 27   Iran   Fax: +98-21-646 2774

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing+10 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.6
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2004 Sep 1

In March 2004, Equality Now launched its Beijing + 10 campaign at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, urging governments to revoke all laws that discriminate against women.

What You Can Do: 

Please continue to write also to the other heads of states of the countries mentioned in the report (note several updates in contact information on the reverse side of this page) and call on them to ensure that the laws mentioned, and any other discriminatory laws in force, are repealed or amended before the agreed target date of 2005. Call on your own government to undertake a comprehensive review to identify and address any laws with sex discriminatory language or impact. Share this report and your concerns with the media and the general public to enlist their support in the campaign to hold governments accountable to the promised made in Beijing.

Corrections and Contact Updates

Page 2   Colombia  

The provision should read Article 140 instead of Article 40.
To email President Uribe, go to www.presidencia.gov.co.

     
Page 4   Poland   The Prime Minister of Poland is now Mr. Marek Belka.
     
Page 16   Nepal   The Prime Minister of Nepal is now Mr. Sher Bahadur Deuba.
     
Page 17   Bolivia   The email for President Mesa is despacho@presidencia.gov.bo.
     
Page 18   Latvia   The Prime Minister of Latvia is now Mr. Indulis Emsis.
     
Page 21   Guatemala   The full name of the President is Oscar Berger Perdomo. An email for the President is not available.
     
Page 22   India   The Prime Minister of India is now Dr. Manmohan Singh.
     
Page 25   Haiti   The interim President of Haiti is H.E. Boniface Alexandre.

Updated contact numbers are as follows:

Page 2   Colombia  

Fax: +57-1-337 5890

     
Page 10   Kenya   Fax: +254-20-25 02 64
     
Page 19   Madagascar   Fax: +261-2022-344 84
     
Page 21   Guatemala   Phone: +502-239 0000 Fax: +502-239 0076
     
Page 22   India   Phone: +91-11-2301 2312 Fax: +91-11-2301 9545/2301 6857
     
Page 24   Nigeria   Fax: +234-9-314 6347
     
Page 27   Iran   Fax: +98-21-646 2774

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 5 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.4
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2000 Jul 1

From June 5 - June 9, 2000, government delegates and NGO representatives from more than 180 countries gathered in New York for a Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly to review implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. In the year prior to the Special Session, Equality Now launched an international campaign calling on governments to honor the commitments made during the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women.

What You Can Do: 

Please write to the heads of state listed in Equality Now's campaign report, and/or to their embassies in your country, expressing your disappointment that the discriminatory laws cited in the report were not repealed or amended prior to the Beijing + 5 Special Session. Raise concern that the failure to implement such a fundamental first step in the effort to end discrimination against women suggests a lack of commitment to the spirit of the Platform for Action as well as a lack of accountability to the specific obligations established therein. Express the hope that governments will demonstrate that they do have the political will to make the Beijing + 5 review process a meaningful one by revoking these laws as soon as possible, in accordance with the commitment made in paragraph 102(b) of the Outcome Document.

 

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 5 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.3
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
2000 Mar 1

In July 1999 Equality Now issued its Women's Action campaign report highlighting a representative sampling of discriminatory laws currently in force in 45 countries around the world. Equality Now and its campaign partners have since been calling on governments to repeal or amend laws which discriminate against women prior to the Beijing + 5 Special Session of the United Nations General Assembly, to be held from 4-9 June 2000.

What You Can Do: 

Please continue writing to the heads of state and their embassies in your country and bring the laws cited in the report to the attention of the media and the general public. You might mention in your letters the above updates and urge governments to accelerate any initiatives underway so that successful efforts can be highlighted at the Beijing + 5 Special Session in June 2000.

Words and Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable in the Beijing + 5 Review Process

Action Number: 
16.2
Update: 
UPDATE
Date: 
1999 Nov 1

In July 1999, Equality Now issued a Women's Action highlighting a cross-section of laws currently in force in 45 countries which explicitly discriminate against women. The Action calls on governments to repeal or amend these laws before the Beijing + 5 Special Session of the UN General Assembly in June 2000, as a demonstration of commitment to implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action. There have been some developments regarding the laws highlighted in the Women's Action campaign report, including the following:

What You Can Do: 

Please continue writing to the heads of state and their embassies in your country listed in the campaign report and bring the laws cited in the report to the attention of the media and the general public. You might mention in your letters the above updates and urge these countries to accelerate any initiatives underway so that their successful efforts can be highlighted at the Beijing + 5 Special Session in June 2000. Note the enclosed corrections and contact updates to the campaign report.

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