Here you will find a list of national legislation that relate to gender equality.
Upcoming sections: Summaries on the laws and brief analysis of its compliance with CEDAW in principles and substance.
We are always seeking to update our collection of gender equality laws from around the globe. Should you have information on other such laws that you wish to share with others, write to us at: <firstname.lastname@example.org>. We hope you will be able to supply us with these or point us to any resources. An English version is preferred, but please do send versions in your original language or any other language as well.
You can also help us in In addition we would like to know:
- Are there any gender equality laws in your country, especially those enacted since your country has ratified CEDAW? This also includes amendments to laws to reflect standards of equality and non-discrimination based on CEDAW.
- What was the background/context of the enactment of the law?
- What are the features in the law
- Please supply any critique or commentary of these laws. We would welcome your personal opinion or any papers that you are aware of.
- Have there been any cases where these laws have been used to claim equality for women?
- Are you aware of any model legislation for gender equality laws?
Sex Discrimination Act 1984 *pdf
Federal Constitutional Law Article 7
Equal Treatment Act 1979 (amended in 1982, 1985, 1990, 1993, 2001) (Handbook by the National Equality Body)
Act of February 25, 2003 pertaining to the combat of discrimination and to the amendment of the Act of February 15, 1993 pertaining to the foundation of a centre for equal opportunities and opposition to racism
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Law on Gender Equality in Bosnia and Herzegovina 2003
Por la Cual se Dictan Normas Sobre Igualdad de Oportunidades para las Mujeres (Norms on the Equality of Opportunity for Women) 2003
Gender Equality Act 2004
Directive 76/207/EEC on the implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women as regards access to employment, vocational training and promotion, and working conditions
Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services
Directive 2006/54/EC on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation
More information on EU Gender Equality Laws from the European Women’s Lobby website
Article 38 Constitution of Fiji
Prevention of Discrimination Act *pdf
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China (HKSAR)
Sex Discrimination Ordinance
Kosovo (UN administered territory)
Law on Gender Equality in Kosovo 2004
Law on the Basics of State Guarantees of Gender Equality 2003
Law on Ensuring Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, No. 5-XVI of 9 February 2006 *word format
Equal Treatment Act 2004
Ley de Igualdad de Derechos y Oportunidades (Law on Equality of Rights and Opportunities)
The Act Relating to Gender Equality (the Gender Equality Act)
The Act on Prohibition of Discrimination Based on Ethnicity, Religion, etc. (the Anti-Discrimination Act) [unofficial translation]
The Act on the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Ombud and the Equality and Anti-Discrimination Tribunal (The Anti-Discrimination Ombud Act)
An Act Strengthening The Prohibition On Discrimination Against Women With Respect To Terms And Conditions Of Employment, Amending For The Purpose Article One Hundred Thirty-Five Of The Labor Code, As Amended
Ley para Garantizar la Igualdad de Opportunidades en el Empleo por Genero e poner sanciones (Law to Guarantee Equality of Opportunity in Employment) 1999
Scotland : Gender Equality Duty
Por el que se Crea el Observatorio de la Igualdad de Oportunidades entre Mujeres y Hombres 2000
Constitutional Act 3/2007 of 22 March for effective equality between women and men (Organic Act of 3/2007)
Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 (No. 4 of 2000)
Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Amendment Act, 2002 (Act 52 of 2002)
Employment Equity Act 1998
Discrimination Act 2008
The Equal Opportunities Act ( Act on Equality between Women and Men) *pdf
The Prohibition of Discrimination Act *word format
Equal Treatment of Students at Universities Act *word format
Act on the prohibition of discrimination and other degrading treatment of children and pupils *word format
Federal Act on Gender Equality 1995