Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted on 18 December 1979 by the UN General Assembly. It is often described as an international bill of rights for women.
CEDAW defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
The Convention provides the basis for realizing equality between women and men through ensuring women’s equal access to, and equal opportunities in, political and public life – including the right to vote and to stand for election – as well as education, health and employment.
It entered into force on 3 September 1981.
Date of publication: 18 December 1979
Theme: International Legal Frameworks
Type: International Convention