COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

CEDAW Committee consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world.

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Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Status of ratification on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women 

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Recent Developments and Events

Statement of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Virtual Sessions
14 January 2021

Statement on the occasion of International Human Rights Day 2020: 20th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to CEDAW: A universal instrument for upholding the rights of women and girls and for their effective access to justice

General recommendation No. 38 on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration

Call by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to release all detained women human rights defenders, including Saudi women’s rights activist Loujain Al-Hathloul, in the wake of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day on
29 November 2020
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Joint statement by UN Women, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on ending sexual harassment against women and girls with disabilities
22 October 2020

Statement:Women’s activism in political processes
3 September 2020

Statement: Global anti-racism protests must herald a new era in human rights, social and gender justice
9 July 2020

Statement: Call for joint action in the times of the COVID-19 pandemic

Guidance note on CEDAW and COVID-19

Call for comments : Draft General Recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration (deadline for all interested parties: 15 May 2020 - Extended deadline).

Spain must tackle obstertic violence

Guidance note for States parties for the preparation of periodic reports under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals

CEDAW 40th Anniversary

Paper on the cooperation between the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women and National Human Rights Institutions

Five UN human rights treaty bodies issue a joint statement on human rights and climate change, 16 Sept 2019




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