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Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act, 2000 (Act No. 4 of 2000)

Chapter 2 : Prevention, Prohibition and Elimination of Unfair Discrimination, Hate Speech and Harassment

8. Prohibition of unfair discrimination on ground of gender


Subject to section 6, no person may unfairly discriminate against any person on the ground of gender, including-

a) gender-based violence;
b) female genital mutilation;
c) the system of preventing women from inheriting family property;
d) any practice, including traditional, customary or religious practice, which impairs the dignity of women and undermines equality between women and men, including the undermining of the dignity and well-being of the girl child;
e) any policy or conduct that unfairly limits access of women to land rights, finance, and other resources;
f) discrimination on the ground of pregnancy;
g) limiting women’s access to social services or benefits, such as health, education and social security;
h) the denial of access to opportunities, including access to services or contractual opportunities for rendering services for consideration, or failing to take steps to reasonably accommodate the needs of such persons;
i) systemic inequality of access to opportunities by women as a result of the sexual division of labour.