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Human rights and gender equality

The Commonwealth Charter reiterates a commitment to equality and respect for the protection and promotion of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

Gender equality, as one of those rights, is a fundamental principle of the Commonwealth and a critical means of contributing to the Commonwealth's goals of eradicating poverty, building resilient societies and economies, harmonious communities, and promoting sustainable development.

Human rights and gender equality represent cross-cutting aspects of all areas of law. The Commonwealth Secretariat supports countries in protecting and promoting human rights and gender equality through law reform assistance and the dissemination of practical guides for legal practitioners.

Commonwealth model laws