Art. 16: recognized everywhere as a person before the law

  • laws or practices that prevent women from being treated or from functioning as full legal person.
  • particularly pertinent for women, who often see it curtailed by reason of sex or marital status.
  • this right implies that the capacity of women to own property, to enter into a contract or to exercise other civil rights may not be restricted on the basis of marital status or any other discriminatory ground.