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Call for governments to repeal personal status laws that discriminate against women

USA, New York, May 4, 2023 -- Women around the world continue to face huge difficulties because of sex discrimination written into personal status laws that govern some of the most intimate aspects of family relationships. A new policy brief by human rights organization Equality Now - Words & Deeds: Holding Governments Accountable to the Beijing +30 Review Process -- Sex Discrimination in Personal Status Laws - highlights examples of discriminatory laws and calls on governments to make long-overdue legal reforms.

Personal status laws encompass legal regulations that govern the rights of all women and men in family matters. Sex discrimination in these laws can limit the rights of women to travel freely, participate in public life, or pass their citizenship on to their children and husbands. They also govern areas such as marriage, divorce, child custody, inheritance, and property ownership.

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