Without Prejudice

CEDAW and the determination of women's rights in a legal and cultural context

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CEDAW – the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – is a powerful international human rights instrument that reflects a global determination to achieve gender equality. Turning aspiration into reality presents many challenges, particularly in relation to the process of adjudicating on women’s rights in both legal and cultural contexts.

This book looks at the range of cultural and legal challenges relating to the implementation of CEDAW, and the individual approaches adopted in various jurisdictions and contexts across the Commonwealth. Commonwealth declarations in support of CEDAW and initiatives from numerous Commonwealth countries are brought together here to support continuing efforts to address these issues.

This practical guide will inform and assist judges, adjudicators, lawyers and activists to advance the implementation of the principles of CEDAW within jurisdictions connected historically by the application of the common law.

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CEDAW and the Committee: personal reflections, Savitri Goonesekera

My first article relating to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was written in the 1980s after my country, Sri Lanka, ratified the Convention in 1981. I recall that I could hardly find informative publications on the Convention, especially in the context of issues relating to women’s human rights in the developing countries of Asia and Africa. CEDAW did not feature prominently in the Third World Conference on Women, which I attended in Nairobi in 1985.


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