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Thirtieth Anniversary of CEDAW: Special website launched

On 18th December 2009 the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) will reach a landmark as it will exist for 30 years. The Convention, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1979, is the international human rights treaty against gender discrimination. It actively promotes gender equality in all aspects of society (e.g. political, economic, social, cultural, and civil) and in every day life.

To celebrate its anniversary, a working group of the United Nations’ Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE), which consists of representatives from various UN agencies, such as the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Division for the Advancement of Women (UN-DAW), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has launched a special anniversary website: http://www.unifem.org/cedaw30/.

The website includes background information on the Convention, best practice examples regarding its implementation, a global event calendar, and links to various publications and resources by the United Nations, NGOs and governments highlighting the Convention’s importance and achievements. To access the website, click here.

The year 2009, however, does not only celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Convention, but also the 10th anniversary of the Optional Protocol to the Convention. The Optional Protocol provides individuals and women groups the rights to complain to the CEDAW Committee about human rights violations in their countries. More information on the Optional Protocol is also available on the newly launched website.