CEDAW calls on states to uphold the rights to equality and non-discrimination for asylum-seeking, refugee and stateless women
Source: Equal Rights Trust
On 5 November 2014, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women issued General Recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women. The Recommendation highlights the significant impact of gender discrimination on women and girls, recognising that it can create a cycle of statelessness and lead women to flee their own countries to seek asylum.
More than 60 countries currently do not allow women equal rights with men to change, acquire or retain their nationality, and 27 countries have legislation that prevents women from passing on their nationality to their children on an equal basis with men. These laws are a blatant violation of the rights to equality and non-discrimination and, as stated by the Committee, “can lead to a cycle of statelessness that can be perpetuated from generation to generation.”