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  • The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

    The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. It entered into force as an international treaty on 3 September 1981 after the twentieth country had ratified it.

    The Convention

    • Forbids all forms of discrimination against women and calls on states parties to identify and eliminate 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 of their human rights and fundamental freedoms.
    • Enjoins states parties to take appropriate measures against all forms of trafficking in and exploitation of women through prostitution.
    • Observance of the convention is monitored by a committee of independent experts.