General Recommendations

The Committee issues General Recommendations which are interpretative comments on specific articles of the Convention. The General Recommendations are drafted to interpret articles and standards of the Convention, and to set out guidelines for their implementation. As on September 2015, the CEDAW Committee has issued 33 General Recommendations.

General recommendation No. 1 — fifth session, 1986 reporting guidelines

General recommendation No. 2 — sixth session, 1987 reporting guidelines

General recommendation No. 3 — sixth session, 1987 education and public information programmes

General recommendation No. 4 — sixth session, 1987 reservations

General recommendation No. 5 — seventh session, 1988 temporary special measures

General recommendation No. 6 — seventh session, 1988 effective national machinery and publicity

General recommendation No. 7 — seventh session, 1988 resources

General recommendation No. 8 — seventh session, 1988 article 8

General recommendation No. 9 — eighth session, 1989 statistical data

General recommendation No. 10 — eighth session, 1989 tenth anniversary of the adoption of CEDAW

General recommendation No. 11 — eighth session, 1989 technical advisory services for reporting

General recommendation No. 12 — eighth session, 1989 violence against women

General recommendation No. 13 — eighth session, 1989 equal remuneration for work of equal value

General recommendation No. 14 — ninth session, 1990 female circumcision

General recommendation No. 15 — ninth session, 1990 women and AIDS

General recommendation No. 16 — tenth session, 1991 unpaid women workers in rural and urban family enterprises

General recommendation No. 17 — tenth session, 1991 measurement and quantification of the unremunerated domestic activities of women and their recognition in the GNP

General recommendation No. 18 — tenth session, 1991 disabled women

General recommendation No. 19 — eleventh session, 1992 violence against women

General recommendation No. 20 — eleventh session, 1992 reservations

General recommendation No. 21 — thirteenth session, 1994 equality in marriage and family relations

General recommendation No. 22 — fourteenth session, 1995 article 20 of the Convention

General recommendation No. 23 — sixteenth session, 1997 women in political and public life

General recommendation No. 24 — twentieth session, 1999 article 12 – women and health

General recommendation No. 25 — thirtieth session, 2004 article 4 paragraph 1 – Temporary special measures

General recommendation No. 26 — forty-second session, 2008, Women Migrant Workers

General recommendation No. 27 — forty-seventh session, 2010 – Older women and protection of their human rights

General recommendation No. 28 — forty-seventh session, 2010 – The Core Obligations of States Parties under Article 2 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

General recommendation No.29 —  fifty-fourth session, 2013 – Article 16 – Economic consequences of marriage, family relations and their dissolution

General recommendation No.30– fifty-sixth session, 2013 –  On women in conflict prevention,  conflict and post-conflict situations

Joint General recommendation No. 31 of CEDAW/General Comment No. 18 of the CRC- On harmful practices

General recommendation No. 32–fifty ninth session, 2014- On gender related dimensions of refugee status, asylum, nationality and statelessness of women

General recommendation No. 33- sixty first session, 2015- Women’s Access to Justice

General recommendation No.34-sixty third session, 2016- Rights of rural women


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