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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 relation to the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of the Plurinational State of Bolivia

17 November 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

Consideration of reports by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : combined 2nd and 3rd periodic reports : Andorra

20 March 2012 | 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 on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : combined 6th and 7th periodic reports of States parties : Togo

14 April 2011 | 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 periodic report : Netherlands

19 October 2009 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Zhen Zhen Zheng v. The Netherlands

Adopted on 27 October 2008.

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Pursuant to rule 60 (1) (c) of the Committee's rules of procedure, Mr. Cees Flinterman did not participate in the examination of this communication, as he is a national of the State party concerned. The text of one individual opinion (dissenting), signed by Shanthi Dairiam, Violeta Neubauer and Silvia Pimentel (dissenting), is attached to the views.

17 February 2009 | Judicial Body: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Case Law | Topic(s): Prostitution / Commercial sex work - Trafficking in persons | Countries: China - Netherlands

Concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women : Germany

12 February 2009 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Kenya

10 August 2007 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: New Zealand

10 August 2007 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

Concluding Comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women: Cook Islands

10 August 2007 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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