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11/06/2009 | An Eye On…

CEDAW celebrates its 30th Anniversary

A website to mark 30 years of CEDAW

Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly 30 years ago, on 18 December 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

More than 187 countries have ratified or acceded to the Convention –i.e over 95% of the members of the UN- and are committed to submit national reports, at least every four years, on measures they have taken to comply with their treaty obligations.
A Committee reviews the reports submitted by the States parties and makes recommendations, with the support of independent NGO’s reports.

To celebrate this anniversary, a working group made of experts from OHCHR, UNIFEM, UNICEF, UNFPA and the Division for the Advancement of Women has come together and created a website with examples of CEDAW’s successful implementation from its beginning.
From Marocco to Bangladesh or Mexico, discover how CEDAW made millions of women’s everyday life change: