Togo - Ordinance No. 78-34 of 7 September 1978 establishing the Code of Togolese Nationality - Equality Now
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Togo - Ordinance No. 78-34 of 7 September 1978 establishing the Code of Togolese Nationality

  • Country: Togo
  • Law status: Discriminatory law in force
  • Law Type: Citizenship

Articles 5, 12 and 23 of Ordinance No. 78-34 of 7 September of the Togolese Nationality Code do not allow a Togolese woman to transfer her nationality to her foreign spouse on an equal basis with Togolese men and remove Togolese nationality from a naturalized Togolese woman if she is divorced from her Togolese husband.

Article 5. . . . a foreign woman who marries a Togolese man acquires the Togolese nationality at the time of the marriage.

Article 12. . . . a foreigner . . . married to a Togolese woman [can be naturalized under Article 10 by decree following an investigation].

Article 23. Loses Togolese nationality: . . . (3) a foreign woman divorcedfrom her Togolese husband.

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Note:

Article 2 of the Constitution of 1992 of Togo: The Togolese Republic guarantees equality before the law for all citizens without distinction of origin, race, sex, social status or religion.

Sex discrimination in personal status laws negatively impacts the ability of women to conduct various aspects of their daily lives. 

Nationality laws which prevent a woman from passing on citizenship to their foreign spouse on an equal basis with men makes families insecure and can result in severe hardships for the family. In addition, loss of a woman’s nationality on divorce can lead to problems such as statelessness.  

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