AMERICA/PANAMA - Discriminatory legislation and violence against women continue to exist in the Country

Tuesday, 28 November 2017


Panama (Agenzia Fides) - In Latin America and the Caribbean, women by law cannot inherit land, have access to certain jobs, such as those in mines, or cannot give nationality to their children.
Despite the recent ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (see Fides 13/11/2017) "in 2017, there is still a law that discriminates against the female gender, which prevents women from exercising some civil and political rights". This is what is highlighted in a statement by the Executive Director of the Latino American Justice and Humanity (ELA) team sent to Fides.
"At present, most of the obstacles have been overcome even if discriminatory elements persist both in the area of political legislation and in the rules governing family life, social life and working life. The right to vote - he adds – in order to be elected for public affairs, education, work and other rights were denied to women, in the social order men dominated the public sector and women were relegated to the private world, even if they did not have the same status as men in the private sector",
In collaboration with the United Nations Women's Equality and Empowerment Unit (UN Women), ELA has carried out a study to identify those laws that discriminate against women at a regional level.
"The first thing to do is to identify the laws that explicitly and indirectly discriminate against women to reform and improve them. The laws, as the normative basis of our societies, also build the way we see the world, and if some of these are discriminatory, we must attack the root cause until we get the full exercise of women's rights and society egalitarian by its regulations", said UN Women Regional Director for America and the Caribbean.
On the occasion of the recent International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, it emerged that, despite the efforts and progress made, there are still women and girls victims of violence, discrimination and exclusion.
In addition, according to official data, 2015 was one of the most violent years against the female gender in Panama: complaints of violence increased from 18.5% to 20.51, and feminicides reached the record figure of 28 women assassinated by their partners. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 28/11/2017)