Mauritania

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Gender equality is enshrined in Article 1 of the Mauritanian constitution, although the Mauritanian legislation does not contain a precise definition of discrimination.[1]Mauritania ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 2001, and ratified the Optional Protocol on violence against women in 2008.[2] The country ratified the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa in 2005.[3]In 1992 a State Secretariat for the Status of Women was established, and in 2005 saw the start of a National Strategy for the Advancement of Women.[4]


[1] CEDAW (2012) p.11 [2] United Nations Treaty Collection (UNTC) (2013) [3] African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (2013) [4] CEDAW (2007) p.5
 
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