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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Domestication of CEDAW: points to consider for customary laws and practices, C C Nweze

Global concern for the improvement of the welfare of women dates back to the 1940s, when the United Nations set up the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). To its eternal credit, the Commission has been able to highlight the particular disadvantages of women, while its activities have generated many Declarations and Conventions. The CSW meets annually, its recent activities including, among others, the input it made to the 1992 International Human Rights Conference; the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples; the 1994 Population and Development Conference (The Cairo Summit); the 1994 International Year of the Family; and planning the 1995 UN Women’s Conference in Beijing.


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