2010 HRC Resolution on the elimination of discrimination against women

15th ses­sion
8 Oct 2010

Analysis of precedential value

The UN Human Rights Coun­cil (HRC) is com­posed of elected rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 47 Mem­ber States; together, they are respon­si­ble for coor­di­nat­ing inves­ti­ga­tions of and responses to human rights vio­la­tions. This doc­u­ment was adopted with­out a vote in Octo­ber 2010.

This Res­o­lu­tion was adopted as part of an HRC agenda item titled: “Pro­mo­tion and pro­tec­tion of all human rights, civil, polit­i­cal, eco­nomic, social and cul­tural rights, includ­ing the right to devel­op­ment.”

Used as precedent

stigma and discrimination

Reaf­firms the oblig­a­tion of States to take all appro­pri­ate mea­sures to elim­i­nate dis­crim­i­na­tion against women by any per­son, orga­ni­za­tion or enter­prise.Calls upon States to pay par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to dis­crim­i­na­tion against women in sit­u­a­tions of vul­ner­a­bil­ity, such as women liv­ing in poverty, migrant women, women with dis­abil­i­ties and women belong­ing to minori­ties.

negative legal determinants

Calls upon States to ful­fil their inter­na­tional oblig­a­tions and com­mit­ments to revoke any remain­ing laws that dis­crim­i­nate on the basis of sex and remove gen­der bias in the admin­is­tra­tion of jus­tice, tak­ing into account the fact that those laws vio­late the human right of women to be pro­tected against dis­crim­i­na­tion.

key population and community leadership

Calls upon States to ensure full rep­re­sen­ta­tion and full and equal par­tic­i­pa­tion of women in polit­i­cal, social and eco­nomic deci­sion-mak­ing as an essen­tial con­di­tion for gen­der equal­ity and the empow­er­ment of women and girls and a crit­i­cal fac­tor in the erad­i­ca­tion of poverty.