Cedaw

CEDAW

Signification of General Recommendation

As it pertains to Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), general recommendations are detailed commentary on the articles of Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) issued by the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Committee to assist States parties comply with the Convention. For example, at the 1989 session, the Committee discussed the high incidence of violence against women, requesting information on this problem from all countries. In 1992, the Committee adopted General Recommendation 19 which requires national reports to the Committee to include statistical data on the incidence of violence against women, information on the provision of services for victims, and legislative and other measures taken to protect women against violence in their everyday lives, such as harassment at the workplace, abuse in the family and sexual violence.

Cedaw (convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) (in the Human Development Area)

In this context, Cedaw (convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) means: adopted in 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly, CEDAW is often described as an international bill of rights for women. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets an agenda for ending it. States that ratify the convention are bound to take action on its provisions.

CEDAW

Embracing mainstream international law, this section on cedaw explores the context, history and effect of the area of the law covered here.

Resources

Further Reading

  • The entry “cedaw” in the Parry and Grant Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law (currently, the Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law, 2009), Oxford University Press