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 77th CEDAW Session

The session has been postponed to 2021 – our page explains the current situation for NGOs, and is available in English, Spanish and Azerbaijani.

Preparing for the 79th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

The 79th PSWG will be held online – click through for information on NGO engagement.



Next CEDAW Sessions

77th CEDAW Session

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

79th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

November 2020: Brazil, Egypt, Greece, Jamaica, Morocco, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines



IWRAW AP Twitter Feed

The #CEDAW Committee elections have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our elections guide explains the process and how NGOs can help ensure that Committee members have a strong track record of advocating for women’s human rights: