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 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 [...]
Sunila Abeysekera, a champion of women’s rights and human rights in Sri Lanka passed away in Colombo at the age of 61. Ms Abeysekera was a tireless human rights campaigner, focussing particularly on the plight of people living in war affected areas. She also campaigned for women’s rights, sexual and reproductive rights, the rights [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]