Every 5 years, the UK Government must report to the UN Secretary-General about what it has done to implement the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The UK Government’s eighth such report has now been published. The report covers the period 2011 to 2017, and includes specific notes around actions taken by the Scottish Government.
The report covers a wide range of issues such as violence against women, trafficking, dress codes, the gender pay gap, proportion of female politicians, health services and more. You can read the full report here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/698249/UN_convention_on_the_elimination_of_all_forms_of_discrimination_against_women_8th.pdf
Engender, funded by the EHRC, are consulting with women in Scotland to inform the shadow report to the UN which will highlight the key concerns of civil society around implementation of CEDAW. You can take part in the final consultation event on 29th April in Glasgow. Or get in touch with Engender to provide comment.
After the shadow report is submitted in June 2018, the state will officially reply and there can be an updated shadow report. The examination of the UK’s record by the UN then takes place in February 2019.
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