n South African Journal on Human Rights - Introduction : substantive equality, social rights and women : a comparative perspective

Volume 23, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0258-7203



Developed, developing, and transitional countries are all marked, to different degrees and in different ways, by deep inequalities of gender, race, disability, religion, sexual orientation, and other fault-lines of prejudice, disadvantage, and exclusion. In many countries, equality legislation initially sought to free individuals from the negative effects of these group characteristics, believing that in a colour-blind and gender-neutral world individuals could thrive and develop their potential free from stereotypical assumptions.

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