CEDAW: Ending Violence Against Women

Girls' Globe

“Gender equality must become a lived reality.” -Michelle Bachelet


The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) began on January 18 and will go until February 5. CEDAW is an international agreement that “affirms principles of fundamental human rights and equality for women around the world” (CEDAW 2013). This agreement establishes an agenda for how to overcome discrimination of women and girls in countries around the world. It was originally adopted in 1979 and the UN holds as many meetings as are necessary to meet its objectives. To date, 187 out of 194 countries have ratified the treaty. The United States is one of those countries that has not ratified this treaty.

The purpose of CEDAW is to:

  • Reduce sex trafficking & domestic violence
  • Provide access to education & vocational training
  • Ensure the right to vote
  • End forced marriage & child marriage & ensure…

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