In this submission, Global Campaign Steering Committee member Equality Now and the Togolese NGO Questions de Femmes provide information to the Twenty-Sixth Session of the UPR Working Group of the Human Rights Council to inform the Universal Periodic Review of Togo. The submission highlights concerns about sex discrimination in the law with regard to nationality in Togo and includes key recommendations for action by the government of Togo to better address this area of concern.
The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion made the following submission to the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council to inform the Universal Periodic Review of the Syrian Arab Republic. The submission focuses on human rights violations due to gender discrimination in Syria's nationality law, including statelessness, and violations of the State’s obligations to uphold the right to non-discrimination and women’s equal human rights.
The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights(Global Campaign)1 and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion(ISI),2 welcome the opportunity to submit additional information for the consideration of the Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding Barbados’ compliance towards every child’s right to acquire a nationality under Article 7 CRC. This submission will focus on the denial of the child’s right to acquire a nationality in violation of Articles 2, 7 and 8 of the CRC, as a result of gender discrimination in the nationality law of Barbados.
In this submission, Equality Now, the Committee for the Follow-Up on Women’s Issues (CFUWI), the Lebanese Council to Resist Violence against Woman (LECORVAW), and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights provide information and highlight concerns about sex discrimination in the law with regard to nationality in Lebanon in order to reform the country's review by the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
In this submission, Equality Now, the Bahrain Women’s Union, and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights provide information and highlight concerns about sex discrimination in the law with regard to nationality in Bahrain. The submission also includes key recommendations regarding action by the government of Bahrain to better address this area of concern.
On September 19th and 20th, world leaders gather at the United Nations (UN) for two major summits on the global refugee and migration crisis – the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants co-chaired by the Governments of Jordan and Ireland and the Leaders’ Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama.
This paper outlines recommendations from the under-signed agencies, which have wide-ranging experience in support to people experiencing forced displacement, as well as the specific challenges faced by displaced women and girls.
One of the ten recommendations calls on states to reform gender discriminatory nationality laws, recognizing such laws as a leading cause of statelessness; exacerbating the vulnerability of displaced women and their families; and in contravention with international law, which mandates non-discrimination on the basis of sex.
The Nepal Civil Society Network of Citizenship Rights, the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights and the Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion submission to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in relation to Nepal focuses on the issue of gender discrimination in Nepal’s citizenship law that has a detrimental impact on Nepali women and their families – both men and women. (Submitted for the 23rd Session of the Universal Periodic Review, 2015)
Nationality laws which do not grant women equality with men in conferring nationality to their children are a cause of statelessness and a concern for UNHCR under its mandate to prevent and reduce statelessness. Sixty years ago, the majority of States did not provide equal rights to women in their nationality laws. This has radically changed for the better since the adoption in 1979 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)1. However, 27 countries continue to deny women equal rights to confer nationality on their chidlren and over 50 countries maintain other forms of gender discrimination in their nationality law, including denying women equal rights to confer nationality to spouses. Today, there is a growing willingness and commitment by States to take action to achieve gender equality in nationality laws.
27 countries deny women the right to transfer their nationality to their children.This report details the effects of this gender discrimination in two countries where the practice persists (Jordan and Kuwait) and describes the benefits where the law has changed to allow children to gain their mother’s nationality (Morocco and Egypt).