The Pros And Cons Of Statelessness

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statelessness, result in other human rights abuses such as domestic violence, human trafficking and child marriage.
Almost half of the twenty-seven countries that do not allow women to confer their nationality to their own children are situated in the MENA region. In addition to that, many of the MENA countries are not State parties to conventions that assure crucial rights for women and children, such as the 1954 Convention Relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, CEDAW and Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Despite the fact that there have been several reforms in MENA countries such as Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco, Tunisia and Yemen, full equal status in nationality matters has not been
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The results are similar when a woman is married to a non-national, something that leads to the treatment of the children as foreigners who must have a residence permit which is not always feasible for many families. This kind of circumstances result to the injury of the integrity of the family, since they face stigmatization and they lack a sense of belonging. Therefore, besides the direct impact that these nationality laws have on the children of women married to non-nationals or whose fathers are unknown, have abandoned them or have deceased, these laws contribute to the expansion of wider patterns of discrimination and societal prejudice against women. Some women decide to divorce their husbands in order to try to secure nationality for their children or they even choose not to have children at all as they are aware of the grave obstacles they are going to face in their lives since the moment they are born, all posing great threat to family unit. This has been expressed in numerous statements of women coming from MENA countries, including a Jordanian national who is married to an

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