Calling on all Commonwealth governments to criminalise marital rape

Marital rape and intimate partner sexual violence constitute acts of gender-based violence prohibited under international human rights law. Sisters For Change is calling on governments across the world to criminalise marital rape as a crime of sexual violence. Almost half of all Commonwealth countries require legislative reform to remove the marital rape exemption – a colonial era law which makes it lawful for husbands to rape their wives.

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Legal reform of discriminatory laws in the commonwealth

Sisters For Change is working to support Commonwealth Governments to reform legacy or outdated laws that discriminate against – or fail to protect – women and girls and LGBT people, or to draft new legislation that ensures equality and equal protection of the law for all.

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