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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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Thoughts on the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Christine Chinkin

The story of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) comes out of many decades of women’s activism and organising around issues such as the abolition of slavery, suffrage, trafficking, the peace movement and, in many countries of the Commonwealth, nationalism and struggles for independence. However, the move for the adoption of an international treaty dedicated to the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women – to achieve formal (legal) and de facto (real) substantive equality for women with men in all areas of life in recognition of their human rights and fundamental freedoms – was to build upon and strengthen the prohibition of discrimination (including on the basis of sex) contained in the UN Charters – the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights1 and the 1966 International Covenants.

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