End Sexism in Nationality & Citizenship Laws
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Home is where you belong, where you feel connected. Imagine then what it is like to be born without a nationality or to be denied the citizenship of your mother, or at times your father, because of discrimination in the law. Imagine the daily struggle to get access to education, health, jobs, voting, a driving license and other human rights, benefits and services that most citizens take for granted. Unfortunately, this is the reality for Nour from Lebanon, Shireen from Jordan and countless women and their families, despite repeated commitments by governments to ensure women’s equality by repealing or changing discriminatory laws. Now imagine being born with your rightful citizenship, secure in the knowledge that it is yours for a lifetime. And that one day, you will be able to pass on your nationality to your children and spouse, so that they too can enjoy their human rights and access the same freedoms, benefits and services to which we should all be entitled.
Sex discrimination persists in nationality and citizenship laws in over 50 countries around the world, but it doesn’t have to be this way. The laws themselves can be incredibly complex, but the solution is very simple – immediate legal reform.
Please add your name to the call to make equality reality! We will be delivering the petition to the governments below to end the sex discrimination in their nationality laws before the UN Human Rights Council meeting in June 2016. You can also Take Action on our country campaigns in Bahrain, Brunei, Jordan, Lebanon, Monaco, Swaziland, Togo, and the United States.