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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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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, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th periodic reports of States parties : Haiti

9 July 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the 7th periodic report : Uruguay

19 June 2008 | 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 : combined 5th, 6 and 7th periodic reports of States parties : Bahrain

6 June 2008 | 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 : combines 6th and 7th periodic report of States parties : Lao People's Democratic Republic

30 May 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Replies to the list of issues raised by the examination of the combined fifth and sixth periodic report of Belgium

19 May 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the 5th and 6th periodic reports : United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

13 May 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the 6th and 7th periodic reports : Portugal

25 April 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the combined 6th and 7th periodic reports : Ecuador

25 April 2008 | 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 : 6th periodic report of States parties : Spain

23 April 2008 | 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 : 3rd periodic report of States Parties : Switzerland

23 April 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

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