Report on freedom of religion or belief and gender equality

​27 February 2020
Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
To the 43rd Session of Human Rights Council on 2 and 3 March 2020


In this report, the Special Rapporteur addresses gender-based violence and discrimination in the name of religion or belief. The Special Rapporteur provides emblematic cases of both phenomena and their impact on gender equality and freedom of religion or belief worldwide. He explores freedom of religion or belief and non-discrimination as two and mutually reinforcing rights and clarifies the existing international legal framework that governs their intersection. He concludes by emphasizing the responsibility of States to creating enabling environments to advance the non-discrimination and freedom of religion of belief rights of women, girls and LGBT+ persons.

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Mr. Ahmed Shaheed
Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations at Geneva
8-14 avenue de la Paix
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: (+41) 22 917 90 06

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