Right to equality, equal protection of the law and freedom from all forms of discrimination based on sex, sexuality or gender

All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights and must enjoy the equal protection of the law against discrimination based on their sexuality, sex or gender.

The right to equality, equal protection of the law and freedom from all forms of discrimination based on sex, sexuality or gender can be used to campaign
FOR:

  • Laws that prohibit discrimination against any minority group, and their effective enforcement
  • Freedom from prejudicial, customary and other practices that are based on the idea of the inferiority of women
  • Gender-sensitive interpretation of human rights
AGAINST:

  • Discrimination with regard to access to:

– sexual and reproductive health care services, e.g.
– where women require spousal consent, but men do not
– where young people require parental consent
– where services are only made available to married women
– information and education to ensure health and well-being

  • Discrimination against women, which denies them:

– access to appropriate nutrition and care
– legal protection against violence, especially domestic violence

  • Discrimination on the grounds of pregnancy or motherhood in social, domestic or employment spheres
  • Sexual and reproductive health programmes that have the effect of discriminating against particular population groups
star People with disabilities have the right to recognition of their sexuality as a positive aspect of their lives and to be protected by law against discrimination.