Report of the Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice released

The Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice released its report on good practices for the elimination of discrimination against women in law and in practice. In face of profound backlash posed to women’s equality by fundamentalism and misogynistic populist voices including those of Governments, manifested by the attacks on women’s movements, lawyers, human rights defenders by State and non-State actors alike, the report emphasises the value of identifying good practices to uphold human rights. Among these, the report highlights that international human rights standards and constitutional standards for women’s equality be incorporated into legal framework, and laws inconsistent with these be repealed or modified, without exceptions based on cultural grounds. It also recommends that gender analysis of existing and draft laws through the input of diverse stakeholders, and reiterates the importance of fulfilling rights.