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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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General recommendation No. 27 on older women and protection of their human rights

16 December 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

General Recommendation No. 28 on the Core Obligations of States Parties under Article 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

16 December 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the fourth periodic report - Liechtenstein

10 December 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Information provided in follow-up to the concluding observations of the Committee: Response by Myanmar to the recommendations contained in the concluding observations of the Committee following the examination of the combined second and third periodic report of Myanmar on 3 November 2008 - Myanmar

3 December 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Comments on Concluding Observations

List of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports - Ethiopia

4 November 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

List of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports : Italy

4 November 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the combined fourth to seventh periodic reports - Uganda

21 September 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

List of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports - Sri Lanka

16 September 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women - Albania

16 September 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

List of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports - Bangladesh

6 September 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

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