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Womens Rights in Spain

womens rights blogBy: Tiffany Murray

Spain has made a lot of progress over the years in order to help women achieve more
rights. However, even though they have made progress they still have some
things to change. Much of the progress that has been made came about after the
end of dictatorship in 1974 as well as the entry into the European Community in
1986. Equal opportunity laws between men and women were introduced in the
Spanish Constitution in 1978. Some of the regulations which are in the equal
opportunity laws include employees being protected against victimization, the
direct and indirect discrimination in employment being prohibited, as well as
harassment and sexual harassment being prohibited. Another major improvement
that Spain has made was joining the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms
of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW was adopted in 1979 by the UN
General Assembly. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and
sets up the agenda for the action that needs to be taken to end the
discrimination taking place. CEDAW defines discrimination as any kind of
distinction, exclusion or restriction on the basis of sex. They go on to state
that discrimination needs to be on a basis of equality of men and women, of
fundamental freedoms in all aspects of ones’ life including the political,
economic, social, cultural, civil as well as any other field. When a country
enters into CEDAW they agree to do several things. Some of these include
abolishing all discriminatory laws and adopting ones which prohibit
discrimination against women. An area in which Spain is having difficulties
with is reproductive rights for women. The conservative government which is in
power are trying to change abortion laws to reestablish permission laws for 16
and 17 year olds, as well as making abortion illegal in cases of fetal
deformities. Many Spaniards are against these changes because they feel the
anti-choice restrictions aim to strip women of equality and dignity. The picture above is of a rally to show discontent of the laws being proposed. I believe
that Spain has done many things in order to give women more rights than they
have had before. Even though there are things that need to be fixed, they continue
to fight for equality of women which is very important.

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