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It is hoped that the Gender Assessment of National Law-Making Mechanisms and Processes in selected Southeast Asian Countries: A CEDAW Perspective will serve Members of Parliament (MPs), legislators, parliamentary staff, women’s advocates and relevant stakeholders as a vital reference tool.
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This publication is intended to share an analytical framework for investigating plural legal systems from the gender perspective. It focuses on the broad spectrum of the legal orders, including those that are informal, not formally recognized, or not State sanctioned covering customary, indigenous, traditional and religious orders.
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This study concluded that the promotion of gender equality and women’s access to justice required not only the enactment of new laws that were compliant with international standards such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) but that these laws should be implemented by a gender-sensitive administration of justice. This indeed is one of the State obligations under CEDAW which calls on states to “take all appropriate measures,...