Members' area: Sign in or join Engender

CEDAW header

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is a human rights framework of the UN which is exclusively devoted to gender equality. It's often referred to as the ‘women’s bill of rights’, and it spells out women’s right to equality and non-discrimination. The UK is signed up to CEDAW, and so the Government should comply with what it says about women's equality.

Engender is working to find out women's views about their rights. Find out more below.

What is CEDAW?

You can also read our Frequently Asked Questions to find out more about CEDAW and how Engender is involved and see a simplified version of what CEDAW says about women's rights here.

Why is CEDAW so important for women?

CEDAW is a really important tool for women's equality in a number of ways:

  • It provides a complete definition of sex-based discrimination as something which impairs women’s social, cultural, political and economic rights.
  • CEDAW recognises that traditional gender roles and stereotypes have to be eliminated if we are to be successful in ending all forms of discrimination against women and girls.
  • CEDAW says that real equality means looking at women’s lives and the condition of their lives as a measure of whether equality has been achieved.
  • CEDAW holds governments to account to respect, protect and fulfil women’s human rights. It does this by investigating and making recommendations to governments to address gender inequality. You can find out what the CEDAW Committee said about the UK in 2013 here.

How can I tell you my views?

CEDAW superheroThe more voices CEDAW hears, the stronger she gets, so we really want to hear from you about women's rights in Scotland. There are several ways to do this:

Fill out our short survey

This will help us understand your view of women’s rights in Scotland, and whether or not things are getting better. The survey is completely anonymous, and we want as many people across Scotland to fill it out as possible.

Answer our Call for Evidence

Our call for evidence gives you a chance to share your, or your organisation's, view of the policy and legislative landscape as it relates to women’s rights and equality in Scotland. It asks broad questions about women’s rights and equality in Scotland, and the actions needed to fulfil women’s rights and contribute to a more gender equal society.

Attend a workshop or online webinar

We have workshops and events happening around Scotland, including online webinars focused on women living on islands, disabled women. If we don't have an event happening near you, get in contact and we can try to arrange something!

Hold your own discussion

If you're already part of a group who meets regularly, you can download our resources which will guide you through discussing CEDAW in your group. You might also find it helpful for planning your own local activities.

Contact us if you want any support with organising your discussion, or if you would like us to come and run a session with your group.

Click here to
join Engender

Related publications

Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women Concluding Observations 2013 The concluding observations (recommendations) of the CEDAW Committee, following its examination of the UK in 2013.

Engender CEDAW Pre-hearing StatementEngender CEDAW Pre-hearing Statement Engender's statement to the pre-session working group, which took place in November 2012.

Engender Questions for CEDAW Examination of the UKEngender Questions for CEDAW Examination of the UK NGOs can submit questions to the CEDAW Committee in advance of the examination of their governments.

Engender Refreshed Shadow ICESCR ReportEngender Refreshed Shadow ICESCR Report Engender's refreshed shadow report to the 6th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Engender Shadow CEDAW Report Engender's shadow report to the 7th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's CEDAW Committee.

Engender Shadow ICESCR ReportEngender Shadow ICESCR Report Engender's shadow report to the 6th periodic report of the UK Government to the UN's Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Engender Statement on UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR)Engender Statement on UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Engender's statement to the UN's Universal Periodic Review process.

European Women’s Lobby General Assembly 2012 - NotesEuropean Women’s Lobby General Assembly 2012 - Notes Engender's notes of proceedings from the European Women's Lobby General Assembly in 2012.

Scottish NGO Commission on the Status of Women 57 StatementScottish NGO Commission on the Status of Women 57 Statement This is a joint submission to the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) 57th meeting in 2012.

Mailing list

To join our email list, simply enter your email address below.

Latest tweets

Follow @EngenderScot

Loading