Welcome to CEDAW South Asia!

CEDAW is an acronym for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. It is the first international treaty that addresses discrimination against women comprehensively in all areas. Consequently, it is also referred to as the international bill of rights for women. The Convention has been ratified by all South Asian countries. PLD seeks to facilitate the advancement of the implementation of CEDAW in South Asia by making resources dedicated to the region available more widely through this website. The site facilitates the regional sharing of information, knowledge resources, country updates, announcements of capacity building and learning opportunities, and updates on developments relating to CEDAW within the UN aimed at strengthening the implementation of CEDAW. It provides a brief but comprehensive overview of all dimensions of CEDAW, along with links to additional information and details on CEDAW.

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Seoul National University, South Korea, announces winter course on Human Rights and Asia


The course on “Human Rights and Asia” intends to allow participants to think about the universality of human rights in particular contexts of Asia and gain a deepened understanding about human rights issues in this region. This is a two-week intensive course taught by experts who have extensive experience of working in the fields of human rights. [...]



Sri Lanka to be reviewed by Human Rights Committee in October


In its October session in Geneva, the UN  Human Rights Committee will be examining the periodic reports of Sri Lanka, Malta, Montenegro, Israel, Haiti and Burundi. The deadline for shadow reports for these countries is September 12, 2014, on which date the secretariat of the Committee expects 20 hardcopies. You can find a full list of documentation [...]



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Women’s Right to Equality: The Promise of CEDAW


Written by Shanthi Dairiam, a Malaysian human rights and women’s rights advocate, this paper enshrines the concept of equality through CEDAW to provide a resource for the ASEAN Intergovernmental Human Rights Commission (AICHR) in its engagement with the ASEAN governments using international standards in promoting and protecting the human rights of women and girl children. With the [...]



CEDAW Committee adopts 30th General Recommendation on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post-conflict situations


The CEDAW Committee adopted its 30th General Recommendation on women in conflict prevention, conflict and post conflict situations on the 18th of October. The recommendation covers international and non international conflicts, situations of foreign occupations, internal disturbances, protracted and low intensity strife, political strife, ethnic and communal violence, states of emergency and suppression of mass [...]




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