Gender and Child Rights in Eastern Africa: Survey of laws and policies on child marriage, economic exploitation and inheritance

  • Child Law Reform
Pages: 102
Year of Publication: 2015
Country: Eastern Africa
Equality  of  genders,  meaning  that  men  and  women,  boys  and  girls,  should  not  be  subjected  to  discrimination  based  on  gender,  has  to  be  central  to  any  human  rights  discourse.   The  cultural  and social attributes attached to being male or female have perpetuated deep rooted conceptions of inequality between men and women  in the  enjoyment of their human rights. In particular, women are discriminated against and denied equal opportunities to exercise their rights.  Besides being a violation of human rights, gender-based discrimination has significant and deleterious consequences on the reduction of poverty, as well as the realisation of development milestones. Gender equality in the context of child rights, calls for gender sensitive child rights protection laws, policies and practices in terms of which, children, especially the girl child, are not discriminated in  the  enjoyment  of  rights  solely  on  the  basis  of  their  sex.  Gender  equality,  therefore,  upholds  a  system  where  everyone,  men  and  women,  boys  and  girls,  are  accorded  equal  protection  and  opportunity in all spheres of activities. 
Language: English
Published by: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
Author: African Child Policy Forum (ACPF)
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