The UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

NIWEP and CEDAW 2019

The UK Government is due to submit its report to the CEDAW Committee by 31st October 2017.  The pre-sessional working group meeting will take place in July 2018 and the examination of the UK Government by the CEDAW committee scheduled for February/March 2019.

NIWEP will be embarking on a series of activities and events to help us develop our input to the pre-sessional working group, our shadow report to the CEDAW Committee and our lobbying work on CEDAW.  In the 2008 and 2013 examinations NIWEP was able to make a significant impact on the Committee’s Concluding Observations through providing evidence based analysis to the committee through the shadow report and lobbying efforts during the examination.  The quality of information provided to the committee through shadow reports is an important factor in the examination process and was only possible due to working in partnership with colleagues in the NGO sector and in business and academia.

Our plans for CEDAW 2019

We have been monitoring the response to the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding Observations.  Our next steps include:  organising a series of consultation events to discuss what people see as the key issues for the Shadow Report and to make sure that we capture new and emerging issues; circulating a template which we have devised for feedback on each of the CEDAW Convention Articles and connecting with other organisations submitting shadow reports in Northern Ireland and Britain. The timeline below highlights key dates and our activities in the lead up to the examination.


Ongoing-December 2018

  • NIWEP collates statistical data and research evidence for CEDAW Shadow Report (monitoring progress on Concluding Observations and in relation to new/emerging areas of concern

October 2017-March 2018

  • NIWEP will circulate a template listing each of the Articles of the convention and inviting members and others to provide data and evidence relating to their areas of expertise

November 2017- June 2018

  • Series of Consultations with NIWEP members and other groups


  • NIWEP submits of List of Issues for pre-sessional working group

July 2018

  • CEDAW holds Pre-session Working Group and identifies questions for UK government in advance of hearing

January 2019

  • Submission of NIWEP Shadow report to CEDAW Committee

Feb/March 2019

  • CEDAW Examination of UK Government

The CEDAW Concluding Observations are here