The Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women is a convention (treaty) adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly. It sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination against women and girls. The convention aims to provide for women’s equal access to and equal opportunities in:
- Political and public life (including the right to vote and the right to run for office)
- Protection of the right to an education, health, and employment
- Law enforcement and the appeal of injustices, when rights have been violated
A reality that exists all too often, and which has been highlighted by recent events, is that because of some traditional attitudes and practices in regard to women and girls, countries’ existing laws are not implemented and the laws are broken with impunity – that is, even in serious rights violations, there is no punishment and no protection for women and girls.
To address this issue, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights along with UN Women is working on a General Recommendation to the CEDAW convention which will requires all 185 signers to report on the reality of women’s access to justice in their countries. For more information please use the following link: http://progress.unwomen.org/pdfs/EN-Report-Progress.pdf
For those of you who are working in organizations who wish to pursue funding for work in this area see: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/AboutUs/CivilSociety/OHCHRFundsGuide_en.pdf