Today in Geneva, the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws will be launched during the 26th session of the Human Rights Council. The two-year campaign – led by six organizations (Equality Now, the Equal Rights Trust, Tilburg University Statelessness Programme, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), UN Women and the Women’s Refugee Commission) – aims to persuade governments to remove gender discrimination from their nationality laws. This will be achieved by building an international coalition of NGOs, civil society organizations, academic institutions and UN agencies to work together for change. Governments that have recently reformed their laws can act as champions, encouraging other governments to follow suit. Three such countries – Senegal, Kenya and Tunisia – will speak at the Campaign launch and explain how their governments went about reforming their laws and the impact this had had on women and their families. [read more...]
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