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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CEDAW News/Announcement

Civil Society Submission are invited for Draft General Recommendation on Gender-Related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate


Call for comments The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is currently elaborating a General Recommendation on Gender-Related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction in a Changing Climate. The Committee decided to invite all interested parties to submit comments in writing on the “Draft General Recommendation on DRRCC” (to be indicated in the subject title) to the following [...]



Call for submissions on the adequacy of the international legal framework on violence against women


The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović took up function as Special Rapporteur on 1 August 2015 and intends to, inter alia, focus on the legal and policy frameworks of her mandate and the international human rights mechanisms to discuss the gap in incorporating and implementing the international and regional [...]



CEDAW in Action: A Blog to Facilitate Collective Thinking and Exchange

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Call for proposals: Climate Justice Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 13th NOVEMBER 2016 CALL FOR PROPOSALS Climate Justice Feminist Participatory Action Research for Change! Support to Rural, Indigenous, Migrant, Urban Poor Women’s Organisations Amplifying Voices, Strengthening Feminist Movements for Climate Justice APWLD invites grassroots women’s rights organisations and movements to take part in this exciting Climate Justice Feminist Participatory Action Research (CJ FPAR) programme that aims to [...]



Call for submission on femicide watch


On 25 November 2015, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, The Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Ms. Dubravka Šimonović called on all States to establish a “femicide watch”, or a “gender-related killing of women” watch. In her most recent report to the General Assembly (A/71/398), the [...]



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