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The 1990 Constitution of Benin prohibits discrimination based on race, sex and religion, and grants men and women equal economic and social rights as citizens. Article 26 establishes the general principle of equality between men and women, and Article 6 proclaims the equality of Beninese citizens of both sexes.[1] In 1992, Benin ratified the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.[2] In 2006 Benin adopted the 2006-2011 strategic guidelines for development which seek, among other things, the promotion of gender equality, women’s empowerment and improved social protection.[3] In March 2009 the Government of Benin adopted a National Policy for Gender Promotion, which aims to achieve, by 2025, equality and equity between the sexes with a view towards sustainable human development.[4]In January 2012, a law on the prevention and punishment of violence against women was enacted.

 



[1] CEDAW (2002), p. 7 [2] UNECA (2009), p. 1 [3] CEDAW (2012), p. 4 [4] OECD (2014), Gender, Institutions and Development Database, http://stats.oecd.org

 

 

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