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Respect for the principle of equality in civil law

Doc. 10344
19 October 2004

Motion for a resolution
presented by Mrs Bilgehan and others

This motion has not been discussed in the Assembly and commits only the members who have signed it


          According to the proverb, "men make laws, women make morals".  However, women cannot make morals without eventually being obstructed by the law.

          The Council of Europe should encourage national legislation to adapt to new mores and the universal aspiration for equality.

          The Assembly therefore asks to list the rules of civil law in member states that still embody legal inequalities that discriminate against women, in particular regarding freedom to enter into marriage, freedom to dispose of one's own property and income, freedom to exercise an occupation, equality in divorce proceedings and in the custody of children, equality in the courts and equality of inheritance rights.

          Based on an examination of continuing inequalities in civil law, it should prepare a recommendation calling on member states' governments to adopt the reforms necessary to abolish these legal inequalities.

Signed [1]:
BILGEHAN, Gülsün, Turkey, SOC
BOUSAKLA, Mimount, Belgium, SOC
BRANGER, Jean-Guy, France, EPP/CD
COSIDÓ GUTIÉRREZ, Ignacio, Spain, EPP/CD
de PUIG I OLIVÉ, Lluís Maria, Spain, SOC
DREYFUS-SCHMIDT, Michel, France, SOC
DURRIEU, Josette, France, SOC
FERNÁNDEZ AGUILAR, Adolfo, Spain, EPP/CD
GRIGNON, Francis, France, EPP/CD
GROSSKOST, Arlette, France, EPP/CD
JUDD, United Kingdom, SOC
LENGAGNE, Guy, France, SOC
MASSON, Jean-Louis, France, EDG
NACHBAR, Philippe, France, EPP/CD
NESSA, Pasquale, Italy, EPP/CD
SEVERIN, Adrian, Romania, SOC


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SOC
EPP
EDG
LDR
UEL
NR

Socialist Group
Group of the European People’s Party
European Democratic Group
Liberal, Democratic and Reformers’ Group
Group of the Unified European Left
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