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What Is CEDAW And Why Does It Matter To Women Worldwide?

Yesterday was International Women’s Day and was as good a day as any to remind ourselves about the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), a treaty adopted by the United Nations in 1981 and ratified by 189 states.

Below is a great two minute video from the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. It features some impressive women letting you know what CEDAW is, why it matters and what still needs to be done to tackle issues such as violence against women and the gender pay gap.

The UK signed up to CEDAW with certain reservations. You can read more about the treaty on Wikipedia. The EHRC has also released a new report to the UN’s CEDAW Committee on Legal Aid Reforms and Women’s Access to Justice.

Oh, and you know we love a good infographic on RightsInfo – the EHRC have also produced some of those for International Women’s Day.

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What Is CEDAW And Why Does It Matter To Women Worldwide?
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