UN committee: Israel must allow civil marriage

Report on implementation of 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women says Israel lacks gender equality in matters of marriage and family relationships.

By Gili Cohen

There is no meaningful equality in Israel between men and women when it comes to matters relating to marriage and family relationships, according to a new UN report.

The report was compiled by a panel of experts overseeing implementation of the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women. The panel submitted its conclusions to Israeli authorities in February of this year.

The panel, which includes representatives from several countries, receives reports on gender issues every four years. These reports are based on each country’s official statistics, as well as reports by non-governmental organizations, and interviews of state officials conducted by the panel members.

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Categories: Family values, Israel, Law

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