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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 second, third and fourth periodic reports of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

15 March 2017 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues and questions in relation to the seventh periodic report of Burkina Faso

13 March 2017 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues and questions in relation to the eighth periodic report of Kenya

13 March 2017 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues and questions prior to the submission of the sixth periodic report of Israel

25 November 2016 | 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, Seventh periodic report of States parties due in 2015 : Paraguay

11 January 2016 | 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 : 8th and 9th periodic reports of States parties : El Salvador

12 June 2015 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Considers Report of Syria

4 July 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

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

21 August 2012 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

List of issues and questions in the absence of intial and periodic reports : Solomon Islands

21 August 2012 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Country Reports

Communication no. 25/2010 : Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women : decision adopted by the Committee at its 51st session, 13 February-2 March 2012

13 April 2012 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Legal Articles/Analyses/Commentaries

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