How many countries’ constitutions guarantee equal rights across gender? Religion? Socioeconomic status? What do health rights look like in constitutions, and are they on the rise? Why, above all, do constitutional equal, social, and economic rights matter?
Authored by WORLD’s Jody Heymann, Aleta Sprague, and Amy Raub, Advancing Equality: How Constitutional Rights Can Make a Difference Worldwide addresses these questions and many more, tracing trends in constitution drafting over the past half century and examining how stronger protections against discrimination have transformed lives. Freely downloadable and published in January 2020 by the University of California Press, Advancing Equality combines a comparative analysis of equal, social, and economic rights in the constitutions of all 193 United Nations member countries with inspiring stories of activism and powerful court cases from around the globe. Click below to download Advancing Equality, and explore our supplementary resources to learn more about the data, visuals, and cases presented in the book.
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