When Law is Complicit in Gender Bias: Ending De Jure Discrimination Against Women as an Important Target of Sustainable Development Goal 5

in Sustainable Development Goals 5th: Gender Equality (Paloma Durán y Lalaguna, Sagrario Morán Blanco, & Cástor Miguel Díaz Barrado eds., Aranzadi 2018)

U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-47

22 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2020

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

Ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls is not only a basic human right, but also crucial to accelerating sustainable development. The very first target of Goal 5. 1.1 calls to end all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere and the indicator for the goal is: “Whether or not legal frameworks are in place to promote, enforce and monitor equality and non-discrimination on the basis of sex”. In many countries around the world the legal frameworks themselves allow for both direct (de jure) and indirect (de facto) discrimination against women. This essay identifies some areas of de jure discrimination in laws regulating women’s family lives that explicitly impact both their personal and public lives and examines some recent law reform in this area.

Keywords: Comparative & international law, human rights, Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, CEDAW, Sustainable Development Goals, SDG, Polygamy, Abortion, Inequality in land, Domestic violence

Suggested Citation

de Silva, Rangita, When Law is Complicit in Gender Bias: Ending De Jure Discrimination Against Women as an Important Target of Sustainable Development Goal 5 (2018). in Sustainable Development Goals 5th: Gender Equality (Paloma Durán y Lalaguna, Sagrario Morán Blanco, & Cástor Miguel Díaz Barrado eds., Aranzadi 2018), U of Penn Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 20-47, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3733705

Rangita De Silva (Contact Author)

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

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