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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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General recommendation No. 32 on the gender-related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women

5 November 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

Concluding observations on the combined 4th to 6th periodic reports of Iraq

10 March 2014 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

General recommendation No. 30 on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations

1 November 2013 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: General Comments/Recommendations

CEDAW Statement on the Anniversaries of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1961 Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness

19 October 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Speeches/Statements

Draft concluding observations of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women : Rwanda

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

Responses to the list of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of the combined third and fourth periodic report : Armenia

16 December 2008 | 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 : Belgium

7 November 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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

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

Concluding comments of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women : Lebanon

8 April 2008 | 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 : Sweden

8 April 2008 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Concluding Observations

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