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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UN High Commissioner for Human Rightsovernbment welcomes Nepal’s Supreme Courts decision against amnesty for serious human rights violations.


The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has welcomed the decision taken by the Supreme Court of Nepal declaring that amnesties should not be granted for serious human rights violations committed during the internal conflict in Nepal which raged for 10 years. Earlier, in March of 2013, Nepal’s government had established a Truth [...]



Nearly a quarter of men surveyed by UN Report in Asia Pacific admit to committing rape


In a UN led study on men and violence against women carried out in 6 countries in the Asia Pacific region, around 25% of the men surveyed have admitted to raping at least once in their lives. The study, carried out by the UN, collected data from more than 10,000 men and 3000 women form [...]



CEDAW News/Announcement

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 [...]



OHCHR calls for submission on Child, Early and Forced Marriage; latest by 15th December,2013.


Pursuant to the UN  HRC Resolution A/HRC/RES/24/23 on the subject of child, early and forced marriage, the OHCHR has put out a call for submissions from civil society organizations and networks, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), scholars, research institutions and policy think tanks, community movements, children and youth organizations and networks to feed into a report to [...]




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