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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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List of issues and questions in relation to the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of India

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the combined 4th and 5th periodic reports of Georgia

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

List of issues in relation to the third periodic report of Bahrain

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the combined 4th and 5th periodic reports of Cameroon

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the 7th periodic report of Finland

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the combined 3rd and 4th periodic reports of Kazakhstan

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the initial report of Qatar

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the 6th periodic report of Sierra Leone

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

List of issues and questions in relation to the combined 4th, 5th and 6th periodic report of Iraq

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

Concluding observations on the combined 2nd and 3rd periodic reports of Serbia

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

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