Women’s rights groups, progressive religious leaders and academics are working together to make the case for the possibility of reform towards equality and justice in family law.
New voices have emerged at the national and global levels to challenge the ways governments and leaders use religion, culture and tradition to justify discrimination against women and resist demands for law reform.
Following the launch of the Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law in 2020, the Campaign’s Coordination Committee is organizing this official CSW high-level side event on Equality in Family Law: Committing to Reform.
The Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law supports gender equality and families in all their diverse forms. The vision and goal of the Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law is equality for all in matters relating to the family, regardless of religion, culture or tradition.
Our aim is to attract a high number of UN member states and civil society as UN Women did in 2019 with the launch of UN Women’s Equality in Law for Women and Girls by 2030: a
multistakeholder strategy for accelerated action and with the launch of the Global Campaign for Equality in Family Law in 2020. We will endeavour to create an event that focuses on
the serious issue of discrimination in family law, but is delivered in an engaging format that compels people, particularly governments, to inspire them to take action and express concrete commitments for reform.
The event will open with brief introductory remarks by Global Campaign and Government Co-sponsors, followed by a high level, talk-show style panel of speakers. The event will reflect the urgent need for States to recommit to repealing or amending all discriminatory family laws whether codified, religious or customary, and will highlight concrete commitments to be announced at this event and recent progress in reform of discriminatory family laws.