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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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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Considers Report of Syria

4 July 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention CEDAW, Fifth periodic reports of States parties due in 2012 : Eritrea

5 May 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention : Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : 7th and 8th periodic reports of States parties due in 2013 : Liberia

10 April 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women : Sri Lanka

4 April 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under Article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, Combined initial and second to fifth periodic reports : Central African Republic

21 February 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women Fifth periodic reports of States parties : Lithuania

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

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention : Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : 7th and 8th periodic reports of States parties to be presented in 2013 : Spain

17 December 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention : 6th periodic report of States parties due in 2010 : Gabon

16 December 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention, Fourth and fifth periodic reports of States parties due in 2010 : Gambia

13 December 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : 4th and 5th periodic reports of States parties due in 2009 : Namibia

13 December 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

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