Special procedures mandates of the Human Rights Council, such as the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice, can intervene directly with Governments on allegations of violations of human rights that come within their mandates by means of letters which include urgent appeals and other communications.

Interventions of the Working Group via communications deal with allegations related to laws, policies or practices that discriminate against women and girls in general and allegations of human rights violations on cases involving an individual woman or girl, or a particular group of women and girls.

To learn more about the communication process of the Special Procedures, including on how to submit information to the Working Group, please visit the webpage “Communications”. The totality of the letters sent by the Working Group since its establishment in 2011 and replies received from Governments can be accessed here by selecting the mandate “women in law and in practice”. They can also be reviewed by region and by country.

Communications by the mandate to States on national laws, regulations, policies, and practices are made available below, pending the publication of the periodical communication reports of the Special Procedures to the Human Rights Council.

Recent communications on national laws, regulations, policies and practices


  • 13 June 2018 - Bill on the legalization of abortion - OL ARG 3/2018



  • 28 July 2017- Bill on the decriminalization of abortion under certain circumstances - OL CHL 1/2017

Criminalisation of adultery in 33 countries


  • 31 August - Bill 5272: serious inconsistencies with human rights standards, affecting in particular the rights of women, girls and LGBTI people - OL Guatemala 12/2018


  • 12 September 2018 - Decertification and defunding of gender studies programmes -
    OL HUN 6/2018  

International Association of Athletics Federations

  • 18 September 2018 - Regulations regarding eligibility for the female classification (athletes with differences of sex development)
    OL OTH 62/2018  


  • 22 October 2018 - The "Pillon decree" and spaces for women in Rome - OL ITA 5/2018



  • 15 August - Supreme Court decision on the inclusion of gender equality in school curricula OL Peru 2/2018  


  • 30 January 2018- Bill on the restriction to safe abortion services - OL POL 1/2018

United States of America