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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.


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

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Sustainable Development Goals 5th: Gender Equality

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