Discrimination Against Women

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Discrimination Against Women

Convention on The Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (cedaw) in Election Law

CEDAW (1979) commits the signatory states to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to support their full development in all political, economic, social, cultural and civil spheres.

In relation to Inter-American Treaties, Conventions and Agreements adopted within the framework of the OAS

The Organization of American States (a list of Members of the Organization of American States is here) adopted the following international instruments regarding Women Human Rights:

  • Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Civil Rights to Women
  • Inter-American Convention on the Granting of Political Rights to Women
  • Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women “Convention of Belem do Para”

Definition of Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Women’s Convention) (adopted 1979; entered into force 1981)

Within the context of international human rights, the following is a brief meaning of convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women (women’s convention) (adopted 1979; entered into force 1981): The first legally binding international document prohibiting discrimination against women and obligating governments to take affirmative steps to advance the equality of women.

Discrimination Against Women

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


Further Reading

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


See Also

  • Human Rights


See Also

  • Election Law
  • Electoral Laws
  • Electoral Legislation

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