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International campaign to change personal status law

6-7-2018

The Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) held on Saturday a consultative meeting organized and hosted by the Collective for Research & Training on Development-Action (CRTDA) in the presence of concerned stakeholders. The purpose of the meeting was to launch an international campaign ‘Gender equality begins in the family” seeking to reform the discriminatory personal status laws and family laws across the globe and standardize them in conformity with the relevant international conventions on human rights and women. Participants noted that current laws curtail the freedom of millions of women and girls and fosters violence against them in many forms, including: child marriage, domestic violence, reproductive rights and health, divorce, children custody and other related violations. The meeting discussed upcoming moves by the above campaign and the basic messages or lessons it carries. It was agreed also that the amendment of personal status laws was an essential step to bring about real change that is supportive of women’s rights and that fights violence and all forms of discrimination and prejudices against them in order to attain a world of justice and equality. (An Nahar, July 4, 2018)

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