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Discriminatory practices towards women in Burkinabe society remain high, despite government commitment and efforts to develop a policy and legal framework, as significant gaps remain between these laws and daily reality.[1] In many situations, both the Family Code and the Penal Code are disregarded by society and by the authorities in favour of customary law that upholds practices that discriminate against women, particularly in rural areas.[2]
Article 1 of the 1991 Constitution (revised in 2002) states that all citizens of Burkina Faso are equal, and outlaws discrimination based on gender. The country has also ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), including the Optional Protocol, and the 2003 Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (in 2006).[3]Since 1997 there has been a dedicated Minister for Women. Despite legislative initiatives, significant obstacles remain to ensure women’s access to justice, equality, and positions of political power.


[1] UNECA (2009b), p. 74 [2] CEDAW (2009), p. 11 [3] African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (n.d.)
 
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