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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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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
PLD is organizing a training workshop on the new laws relating to sexual violence, on October 1st, 2nd,3rd and 4th of 2014. This workshop seeks to understand the challenges and working of each of the 3 laws on sexual offences in detail, and take stock of their implementation. The discussion would include: -Gaining clarity on [...]