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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Call for Applications for the 20th Feminist Capacity Building Course on Gender, Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights and Peace – 19 September to 19 October, 2015, to be held at the TEWA Center, in, Kathmandu, Nepal.


Duration : 19 September-  19 October , 2015 Closing Date for Applications : 15 May, 2015 The Sangat Month Long Courses are designed to provide clarity, dialogue and  shared understanding on concepts and issues related to gender, justice, poverty,  sustainable development, peace, democracy and human rights. Started in the  year 1984, this South Asian course has run 19 [...]



UN rights experts urge Sri Lanka to stop promotion of hatred and faith based violence


Three independent UN experts have called on Sri Lanka to adopt urgent measures to stop the promotion of racial and faith-based hatred, and violence against Muslim and Christian communities by Buddhist groups with extremist views, and bring perpetrators of this violence to justice.  The Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, stressed upon the inadequate responses [...]



CEDAW News/Announcement

Consideration of Myanmar’s State Report in CEDAW’s 64th Pre-Sessional Working Group from 23 Nov – 27 Nov, 2015


Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in its 64th Pre-Sessional Working Group to be held from 23rd November 2015 to 27th November 2015 will consider various State’s Reports during the Session. Among the State’s whose reports are being considered is Myanmar. The Report contains activities of Myanmar regarding the [...]



CEDAW Consideration of Thailand’s combined 6th and 7th periodic Report on the implementation of CEDAW for 2003-2010


The Royal Thai Government (Thailand) submitted a combined sixth and seventh periodic report on the implementation of CEDAW, covering the period of 2003-2010. Thailand had acceded to the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on 9 August 1985 and has previously submitted its reports in 1987 (first [...]




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