Call for submissions: Women deprived of liberty

The Working Group on discrimination against women and girls presented a thematic report on women deprived of liberty to the 41st session of the Human Rights Council in June 2019. This report was produced in the context of the Working Group focus on key areas affecting the human rights of women and girls and aims at reasserting women’s right to equality and countering rollbacks in this area. 

The Working Group takes a comprehensive approach to the issue by including various forms of restrictions or interference with women’s personal liberty or movement by state and non-state actors, including on the basis of their sex and prescribed gender roles. Thus, deprivation of liberty of women and girls can manifest in a variety of settings, ranging from detention in penitentiary institutions to different forms of forced confinement, because of decisions by authorities, families, communities or private groups. The report examines the causes, nature and extent of the deprivation of liberty of women and girls, with particular attention to the impact of multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination against women and girls.

In this regard, the Working Group sought inputs from States and other stakeholders to inform the preparation of this report in line with its mandate to maintain a constructive approach and dialogue with States and other stakeholders to address discrimination against women in law and practice.

List of submissions- Thematic report on deprivation of women’s liberty

Responses from Member States

Responses from civil society organizations

Responses from National Human Rights Institutions

Responses from other stakeholders

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Issues in focus
Position papers

Gender equality and gender backlash
English (PDF )| Informal Spanish translation (Word)

Women's Autonomy, Equality and Reproductive Health
English (PDF) | Informal Spanish translation (Word)

Women's land rights
English (PDF) | Informal Spanish translation (Word)

Adultery as a criminal offence violates women's human rights

Discrimination against women in nationality

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