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Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro]

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)

Anne Hellum, Ingunn Ikdahl

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 30 March 2020

Subject(s):
Gender — Women, rights — Individual complaint procedure — Compliance with international decisions

Published under the direction of Hélène Ruiz Fabri, with the support of the Department of International Law and Dispute Resolution, under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg for Procedural Law.

1 The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (‘CEDAW’ or ‘Convention’) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (‘UNGA’ or ‘General Assembly’) in 1979, and entered into force in 1981. As of December 2018, it has 189 parties. The framers were of the view that a convention and a treaty body with a gender specific approach were necessary to protect women against pervasive discrimination on the basis of their sex and as such promote substantive equality between women and men (Byrnes, 2012, 52). In line with this position,...
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