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

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), is a UN Human Right’s convention. CEDAW was adopted 1979 by the United Nations General Assembly. 90% of UN members have ratified the convention.

UN: s Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights – without distinction for sex. Still people around the world are discriminated towards because of their gender. The prelude of CEDAW notes that discrimination of women is widespread and that a lot of women are victims of violations because of their gender.

CEDAW is a guiding document that contains 16 main articles to further pinpoint and secure the elimination of discrimination of women.

CEDAW is obligatory for the states that have ratified the convention. Because of this there exists a UN body of independent experts that monitor the implementation of CEDAW, The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. Every 4 years states that have become party of the treaty are obliged to submit reports to the committee on how they implement the convention. In September 2014 the Swedish government submitted their latest report (nr 8 & 9) to the committee. In September 2016 the committee arranged a hearing of Sweden in Genève. The Swedish Women’s Lobby attended the hearing where we presenter our shadow report.

The Swedish Women’s Lobby assembles the CEDAW network that writes the shadow report on Sweden’s recurrent reports. For more information about the network, contact info@sverigeskvinnolobby.se.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in legible Swedish.