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Title:Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women
Author:Kathree, FayeezaISNI
Periodical:South African Journal on Human Rights
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:international agreements
equal opportunity
women's rights
Law, Legal Issues, and Human Rights
Cultural Roles
External link:https://doi.org/10.1080/02587203.1995.11827574
Abstract:The 1979 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Women's Convention) was adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979. It is the first international instrument embodying the civil, political, social and cultural rights of women. This paper presents information on the rights and obligations embodied in the Convention, discussing the articles of the Convention's five parts. It also considers the preamble to the Convention, the definition of the term 'discrimination against women' and the role of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), which consists of 23 'experts of high moral standing' working in the field of women's rights. Furthermore, attention is paid to the problem of reservations to the Convention, which have acted to jeopardize its effective application. Finally, implications for South Africa are discussed. The erstwhile South African government signed the Convention in 1993. It is now important that the present government ratify the Convention thus translating its intention into a real and tangible commitment to eradicating all forms of discrimination against women. Notes, ref.