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.

CEDAW in 2018

Women's Resource Centre has successfully bid for funds from Equality & Human Right Commission to prepare the England CEDAW shadow report and associated activities. WRC is holding 6 events across England early 2018.

The presentations that were due to be shared at the snowed-off North East consultation event are below, and women are invited to take part in an online consultation at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/CEDAWNE2018

Introduction to CEDAW - Janet Veitch and Hannana Siddiqui, Women's Resource Centre

Ice Breaker - The Low Road, Marge Piercey

Bringing CEDAW to Life - Umme Imam, Shahda Khan MBE and Dr Sue Robson

Bringing CEDAW to Life Law and Women's Rights - Cris McCurley, Ben Hoare Bell LLP

VAWG, the North East and CEDAW - Dame Vera Baird

Session 2 Government Report and Concluding Observations - WRC