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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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 [...]



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 [...]



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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 [...]



The 20th Feminist Capacity Building Course on Gender, Sustainable Livelihoods, Human Rights and Peace – 19 Sep-19 Oct 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal


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 [...]




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