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Gender Equality

Legislation

Gender equality

The aim of the Act on equal treatment and non-discrimination is to establish principles and regulate the measures and procedures for guaranteeing and enforcing the right to the equal treatment and to the non-discrimination, respect for human dignity and protection in the face of any form or act of discrimination or discriminatory behaviour that arises in the regional area of application of this Act on the grounds of birth or place of birth; origins, nationality or membership of a national minority; race, skin colour or ethnicity; political or other opinion; religion, convictions or ideology; language; cultural, national, ethnic or social origins; financial or administrative situation, social class or wealth; sex, orientation, sexual and gender identity or gender expression; ancestry; age; phenotype, sense of belonging to ethnic group; illness, serological state; disability or functional diversity, or for any other condition, circumstance or manifestation of the human, real or attributed condition.

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Act 5/2008, of 24 April, on the right of the women to eliminate gender violence, a pioneer act, the result of participation from feminist organisations and political parties and the construction of consensuses. It is still regarded, even today, as the most advanced act on the matter of gender violence in the Spanish State.

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The fundamental right of equality between women and men represents a major value for democracy and is an essential requirement in a modern democratic society that aims to eradicate the androcentric and sexist patriarchal system. All that is required for this right to be met is its legal recognition and its effective exercise, through the involvement of every aspect of life in it: political, economic, social and cultural.

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The aim of this act is to develop and guarantee the rights of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders and intersexuals (LGBTI) and protect them from situations of discrimination and violence, to ensure that sexual and affective diversity can experienced in full freedom in Catalonia.

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