What’s new in Draft 2 of the Law on the Protection of Women?

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This post is largely aimed at identifying and discussing some of the recent changes between the first and second drafts of revisions to the Law on the Protection of Women’s Rights and Interests rather than discussing the overall content of the law. Generally, there have not been changes in the overall character of the law, which while clearly intending to protect and empower women, contains assumptions about the identity and needs of women that often come off as condescending. The law consistently addresses the rights of women in terms of the rights of men. Putting aside questions of whether such a binary sex division is appropriate, this approach makes men the ‘default’ and women ‘the other’. This “otherness” is phrased as a recognition of women’s “specialness” deserving of recognition and protection. The specialness is not presented as coming from the need to acknowledge and address the long history of societal discrimination, but as an inherent trait of wom
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