The Optional Protocol (OP) to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was adopted by consensus by the UNGA on 6 October 1999.2 It was opened for signature, ratification, and accession for all States parties to the Convention on 10 December 1999 and entered into force on 22 December 2000. At 31 December 2010, 100 States from all regions of the world were party to the Protocol. Accordingly, individuals or groups of individuals claiming to be victims of those States’ violations of Convention rights have the opportunity to...
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