New Report Launched on How and Why States Must Reform Gender Discriminatory Nationality Laws

Geneva, 22 September 2015

Today, a report which focuses on the devastating impact of discriminatory nationality laws in Madagascar and Nepal has been launched by the Equal Rights Trust. It outlines how, in some countries with such laws, women are not able to pass on citizenship to their children and identifies the myriad problems that result from this.

My Children's Future: Ending Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws

A report from the Equal Rights Trust which assesses the negative impact of gender discriminatory laws in Madagascar and Nepal which affect families lives as they are unable to access housing, jobs, education and healthcare alongside other basic human rights. The report also looks at countries which have reformed their laws - sharing their experiences and lessons. It serves to raise awareness on the issue and to encourage the remaining 27 countries around the world who implement such laws to enact reform and improve the lives of families affected. 


Indonesia has a history of religious diversity and tolerance. The country recognises Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism as official religions. Yet minority sects within these religions, together with members of non-recognised religions and atheists face severe restrictions on their religious freedom and are vulnerable to violence and discrimination. Our work in Indonesia responds to this problem, focusing on how equality law can be used to combat religious discrimination and promote religious freedom.