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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 the absence of initial and periodic reports - Central African Republic

15 September 2009 | 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 : Azerbaijan

4 February 2009 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, 42nd session (20 October-7 November 2008), 43rd session (19 January-6 February 2009)

2009 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions for consideration of the combined initial, second and third periodic report of Pakistan

1 March 2007 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Thirty-seventh session (15 January-2 February 2007), Thirty-eighth session (14 May-1 June 2007), Thirty-ninth session (23 July-10 August 2007)

2007 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions for consideration of the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports - Democratic Republic of the Congo

17 May 2006 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Thirty-second Session (10-28 January 2005)

18 March 2005 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Thirtieth Session (12 - 30 January 2004) and Thirty-first Session (6 - 23 July 2004)

23 July 2004 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Thirtieth session (12-30 January 2004), Thirty-first session (6-23 July 2004)

2004 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

Report of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, Twenty-eighth Session (13-31 January 2003), Twenty-ninth Session (30 June-18 July 2003)

18 August 2003 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional Reports

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