Guinea-Bissau

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Articles 24 and 25 of the 1984 Constitution of Guinea-Bissau prohibit all forms of discrimination on the grounds of sex, race or religion.[1] The country ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1985, and the Optional Protocol on violence against women in 2009.[2] Guinea-Bissau ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa in 2008.[3] In practice, there is a lack of legislation in place that would enable the realisation of these national and international commitments.[4]
Overall, there is a lack of detailed data regarding gender-related indicators in Guinea-Bissau; however, the government is seeking to acquire a better understanding of the inequalities relating to gender through the National Strategy for the Reduction of Poverty (2011-2015). Some of the other gender objectives in the plan include: bettering the situation of women in the police and armed forces, enhance girls school enrolment and achievement, protect students from sexual harassment, etc.[5]


[1] CEDAW (2009a) p.28 [2] United Nations Human Rights (n.d.) [3] Africa Union (2010) [4] CEDAW (2009a) p.29 [5]Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Integration (2011)
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