Equality between women and men is one of the fundamental principles of the eu with the principle of gender equality reinforced by legislation both general and specific that obliges member states to ensure equal opportunities and equal treatment for women and men and to combat all forms of discrimination on the grounds of gender following the ratification of the convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women cedaw the eu and most european countries have . Eu gender equality law susanne burri and sacha prechal 1 introduction the purpose of the present publication is to provide a general overview of gender equality law at the eu level the publication is aimed at a broad but not necessarily legal public and explains the most im portant issues of the eu gender equality acquis. The mapping helps in tackling gender inequalities in legislation by identifying provisions in laws that discriminate against women across a wide range of fields family law inheritance land ownership property employment financial services she further explained that while some laws are openly discriminatory towards women others are causing gender inequalities in more indirect ways . Do laws make a difference it may seem an odd question but there are certainly examples of cases where they dont have the intended effectand there is some skepticism in the gender and development field and elsewhere that a simple legal change will do much to alter entrenched norms and customs particularly in countries where the rule of law is fragile. Legal provisions covered in the gender law library include those governing property and inheritance rights business registration and employment the library also identifies countries that are signatories of gender related international conventions the library contains 15 different types of provisions that may have a particular impact on the ability of women to conduct business such as laws on
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