The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive international treaty on women's human rights. This CEDAW portal maintained by IWRAW Asia Pacific provides information on upcoming CEDAW reviews, opportunities for strengthening capacity on CEDAW, as well as stories of change on CEDAW in action.


CEDAW Committee Elections 2020

The terms of 12 CEDAW Committee members will expire in December 2020. This page explains the election process and how NGOs can get involved.


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Preparing for the 76th CEDAW Session
Preparing for the 77th CEDAW Session

Advance planning for your shadow report writing and travel! Please keep us informed of changes to your situation especially in the context of COVID-19.


Next CEDAW Sessions

76th CEDAW Session

June-July 2020: Bahrain, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Gabon, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Mongolia, Panama

77th CEDAW Session

October-November 2020: Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Senegal, South Africa, Sweden, Uruguay, Yemen


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Australia’s candidate for #CEDAW is a champion of #women’s rights. During her time as a 🇦🇺Senator, Natasha tabled #Australia’s first paid maternity leave bill and advocated for Australia’s ratification of the #CEDAW Optional Protocol. #Natasha4CEDAW

Ambassador Mitch Fifield 🇦🇺@AustraliaUN

@NStottDespoja has been a lifelong advocate for women's rights & gender equality.

If elected, Natasha will bring valuable experience to #CEDAW & be the first 🇦🇺Australian to serve on the Committee in almost 30 years.

#Natasha4CEDAW @officeforwomen @dfat