The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women1 defines 'discrimination against women' as any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field2. Parties to the Convention condemn discrimination against women in all its forms and undertake to embody principles of equality in their constitutions and
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