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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 of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women - South Africa

16 December 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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

16 December 2011 | 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 seventh and eighth periodic reports of States parties - Austria

16 December 2011 | 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 - Israel

16 December 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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

15 December 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Guadalupe Herrera Rivera v. Canada

30 November 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Case Law

Communication No. 26/2010 : Decision adopted by the Committee at its fiftieth session, 3 to 21 October 2011

30 November 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

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

8 November 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women - Côte d'Ivoire

8 November 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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

4 November 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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