Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

Basic facts about the CEDAW
Stages of monitoring states’ obligation with the CEDAW
Guidance for NGO submissions to the CEDAW

Useful guides & links

Basic facts about the CEDAW

  • The Convention is monitored by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • The CEDAW was ratified by the UK in 1986
  • Governments submit state reports around every four years
  • Current cycle just ended (Concluding observations in March 2019)
    • Most recent state party report submitted on 16/11/2017
    • List of issues published on 03/08/2018
    • Concluding observations published on 14/03/2019

Stages of monitoring states’ obligation with the CEDAW

  • State reporting
  • ‘shadow reports’ by organisations
  • Pre-session working group
    • A list of issues and questions, for the states whose report will be considered two sessions later, is created.
  • State reply and dialogue with the committee
  • Concluding observations
  • Follow-up procedure
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Guidance for NGO submissions on the CEDAW

  • Submissions about the states whose reports are before the Committee
    • Submission should be sent by email and by post (30 hard copies) Deadline: at least two weeks prior to the beginning of each session Submissions should:
      • highlight priority concerns suggest possible country-specific recommendationsLength of submission: maximum ten pages
  • NGOs are also encouraged to provide reports or other state-specific information to the pre-session working group  
    • Submissions should be sent by email and by post (10 hard copies)Deadline: at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the pre-session working group
  • The submission should include:
    • the full name of the NGO;the State party scheduled for consideration to which the information relates; whether or not the submission can be posted on the CEDAW website for public information purposes
  • Submission should be sent to:
    • Via email: cedaw@ohchr.org Hard copy submissions to:
      CEDAW Secretariat
      OHCHR Palais Wilson
      52, rue des Pâquis
      CH-1201 Geneva 10 Switzerland

Useful guides & links

Most recent state party report submitted on 16/11/2017.
Most recent list of issues submitted on 31/07/2018.
Concluding observations on the eighth periodic report of the United Kingdom of great Britain and Northern Ireland adopted at the 72nd session of the CEDAW in March 2019.
Reporting status of the UK and submitted documents.
Basic Information on the work of the CEDAW.
Information note prepared by OHCHR for NGO participation.
Simple guide to the UN treaty Bodies.
A handbook for civil society by the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights.