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

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is a central United Nations (UN) human rights treaty, which the UK ratified in 1986. It constitutes a 'Bill of Rights' for women and provides a rights based agenda for action to strengthen gender equality through legislation and policy. States that have ratified CEDAW are held accountable for their actions to strengthen gender equality through four yearly examinations by the CEDAW Committee, which sets out recommendations for the next four years in its Concluding Observations on the examination. 

NIWEP works with member and partner organisations to collate evidence and represent women’s views and priorities in the CEDAW process. Our role is to share and highlight vidence from Northern Ireland, including academic and statistical evidence as well as women’s views. NIWEP coordinates the Northern Ireland NGO shadow report to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and has a long track record of representing Northern Ireland at examinations of the UK under CEDAW. NIWEP was also among the organisations that instigated the CEDAW Optional Protocol inquiry into abortion legislation in Northern Ireland.

NIWEP also works with sister organisations to develop a joint UK civil society response to CEDAW. This is essential to give the CEDAW Committee an understanding of the verarching UK wide issues, as well as the complexities that follow from devolution. 

Northern Ireland shadow report to CEDAW examination 2019

Four nations of the UK report to the CEDAW Committee 2019