UNHCHR releases report on best practices to promote women’s equal nationality rights in law and practice

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has published a summary workshop report to showcase good practices for the promotion of women’s equal nationality rights in law and in practice, which serves as a proposal to the 36th session of the Human Rights Council. Based upon the inputs received from participants at the workshop, the report outlines the various manifestations of gender discriminatory nationality laws, and states that reform of nationality laws, and other discriminatory laws, is required to ensure the enjoyment by women of equal nationality rights.

To this end, the report suggests strategies for governments to ensure successful law reform, such as, aligning nationality laws with other non-discriminatory domestic laws, a multi-sectoral approach led by strong political leadership, stakeholder consultations, and so on. The report emphasises the importance of effective implementation, and outlines the factors that may restrict the same.