Liberia

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 Article 11 of the Constitution of Liberia guarantees fundamental rights and freedoms for all, irrespective of sex.[1] However, there is no explicit definition of gender discrimination in either the Constitution or Liberian legislation.[2] Liberia ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1984, but has not yet ratified the Optional Protocol on violence against women.[3]The country ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa in 2008.[4] In 2001, the government created a Ministry for Gender and Development, and a National Gender Policy is in place.[5]



[1] Idem, p.19 [2] CEDAW (2009b) p.2 [3] United Nations Treaty Collection (2013); CEDAW (2008) p.16 [4] African Union (2010) [5] CEDAW (2008) pp.25, 27
 
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