During the 8th periodic review of the UK from the Committee of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the UN Bill of Rights for women, several recommendations were made to the UK Government to improve women's equality and rights (find out more about the CEDAW process here).
These recommendations included three specific areas that the UK is meant to feedback their progress on – incorporation of CEDAW, the impacts of Brexit, and an oversight mechanism for women’s participation in CEDAW at UK level. The UK Government has submitted its progress report on these areas, but it didn’t consult with any of the organisations who have been involved with the CEDAW process at UK level (Engender, the Women's Resource Centre, the Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform, and Women’s Equality Network Wales), and it’s fair to say they were wearing their rose-tinted glasses while writing their report.
Engender has, therefore, submitted our own reports to tell the CEDAW Committee what’s really happening for women’s equality and rights in the UK. As with all of our work relating to the CEDAW process, we’ve produced a Scotland report, endorsed by other national organisations, and worked with our colleagues in Wales, Northern Ireland and England to produce a 4-nations report.
In our report, we make a number of recommendations, including:
Read the full reports here:
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