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UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

The Convention defines discrimination against women as "...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field."  Website: www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/index.htm
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Concluding observations on the combined initial and second periodic reports of Afghanistan

23 July 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Reports by specialized agencies on the implementation of the Convention in areas falling within the scope of their activities : Report by the International Labour Office

25 June 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

List of issues prepared in the absence of the combined fourth to eighth periodic reports of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

28 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 4th and 5th periodic reports of Tajikistan : note / by the Committee

20 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 4th and 5th periodic reports of the Republic of Moldova : note / by the Committee

19 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 1st to 5th periodic reports of Seychelles : note / by the Committee

19 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 4th and 5th periodic reports of Cambodia : note / by the Committee

19 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the 4th periodic report of Benin : note / by the Committee

19 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 7th and 8th periodic reports of Colombia : note / by the Committee

18 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues in relation to the combined 2nd and 3rd periodic reports of Andorra : note / by the Committee

18 March 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

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