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. You can find out more about CEDAW below.
In 2018 Engender worked to produce a shadow report on CEDAW, to highlight key issues for women's rights in Scotland. We also coordinated a four-nations response with colleagues from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
This report was then updated in 2019 and submitted to the UN CEDAW Committee in advance of the CEDAW examination in Feb 2019.
Engender's CEDAW work has been funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and they have a great guide to the CEDAW process here.
CEDAW is a really important tool for women's equality in a number of ways:
We also asked organisations working in Scotland to tell us what they think about women's rights by answering our Call for Evidence. You can see some of their responses here.
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