Eliminating discrimination against women (CEDAW)

What is CEDAW?

The Convention of the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women was established in 1979. CEDAW places obligations on State parties (countries that have agreed to the Convention), to eliminate discrimination against women. As a signatory to CEDAW, the UK Government must fully implement the Convention, to ensure the practical realisation of equality between women and men in this country.

The Convention binds the Government and its agencies to take action to achieve substantive equality for women. CEDAW requires that all areas of government (at all levels and including local public bodies) comply with its recommendations. The UK government last reported to the CEDAW committee in Geneva on 16th and 17th of July 2013.


We have a working group looking at discrimination against women in the North East of England. See our 2014 presentation: Bringing CEDAW to life.