The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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Commonwealth Secretariat
01 Jan 1988
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  • Introduction

    Following the International Women's Year Conference in Mexico City in 1975, at which the World Plan of Action and Declaration of Mexico on the Equality of Women and their Contribution to Development and Peace were adopted, the United Nations Decade for Women 1976-1985, with its central themes of equality, development and peace, was launched by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in 1975. A second World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women was held in Copenhagen in 1980, focusing not only on the themes of the Decade but also on three subthemes: employment, health and education. This Conference adopted the Programme of Action for the Decade, which together with the earlier World Plan of Action provided the framework for further contributions towards the advancement of women.

  • The Convention as a Tool for Development

    The Nairobi Forward-looking Strategies for the Advancement of Women (Nairobi FLS) states "the role of women in development is directly related to the goal of comprehensive social and economic development and is fundamental to the development of all societies". (Para 12). It acknowledged therefore that women, are an important national resource who can contribute to national development as long as they are able to participate both equally and fully.

  • Implementing the Convention

    In order to assist countries with the implementation of the different issues covered by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Manual has been divided into subject areas.

  • The Reporting Process

    Once a country has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, it is obliged to work to implement it. In addition, in ratifying it has agreed to report on the progress made in implementation. Article 18 states that the first report should be sent to the United Nations Secretary-General within one year of ratification.

  • The Convention and National Planning

    In compiling the Report on what has been done to implement and give effect to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, as required by the Convention itself, it is thus necessary for the Government to collect information on a wide range of issues related to the status of women within the country concerned. The Report is, therefore, the most comprehensive survey available on the role and status of women within a particular country.

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