The National Assembly adopted yesterday Wednesday, October 20, 2021 two fundamental laws for the protection and emancipation of women in Benin.
These are Law No. 2021-11 on special measures for the repression of offenses committed on the basis of sex and for the protection of women in the Republic of Benin and Law No. 2003-04 of March 3, 2003 on sexual health and reproduction.
|VOTE OF THE LAW N°2021-11 on special measures for the repression of gender-based crimes and the protection of women in the Republic of Benin||- Fight against rape, sexual harassment, domestic violence and other gender-based offenses|
- Provisions amending several other laws, including Law No. 2018-16 of December 28, 2018, on the criminal code; Law No. 2017-05 of August 29, 2017, establishing the conditions and procedure for hiring, placing labor and terminating employment contracts in the Republic of Benin
- The Court for the Repression of Economic Offenses and Terrorism (CRIET) can intervene in gender-based offenses
|Law No. 2021-12 on the modification of Law No. 2003-04 of March 3, 2003 on sexual health and reproduction, legalizing abortion in Benin||- The law will put an end to clandestine abortion, which claims victims in the country|
- A consensus on the provisions of Article 17-2, which states: "At the request of the pregnant woman, the voluntary interruption of pregnancy may be authorized when the pregnancy is likely to aggravate or cause a situation of material, educational, professional or moral distress incompatible with the interests of the woman and/or the unborn child"