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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 in relation to the eighth periodic report of Sri Lanka

29 July 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, Eighth periodic report of States parties due in 2015 : Sri Lanka

29 May 2015 | 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 : Sri Lanka

4 April 2014 | 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 fifth, sixth and seventh periodic reports - Sri Lanka

6 January 2011 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

List of issues and questions with regard to the consideration of periodic reports - Sri Lanka

16 September 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: Sessional 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 fifth, sixth and seventh periodic reports of States parties - Sri Lanka

24 March 2010 | Publisher: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) | Document type: States Parties Reports

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