Women's Human Rights Resources

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CEDAW status in WLP partner countries

 Convention SignatureConvention Ratification or Accession(a)Convention Reservations and DeclarationsOptional Protocol SignatureOptional Protocol Ratification
Afghanistan14-Aug-19805-Mar-2003   
Bahrain 18-Jun-2002(a)Art 2 and Art 16 for compatibility with Islamic Shariah; Art 9(2); Art 15(4); Art 29(1)1  
Brazil31-Mar-19811-Feb-1984Art 29(1)13-Mar-0128-Jun-02
Egypt16-Jul-198018-Sep-1981   
India30-Jul-19809-Jul-1993Art 29(1); Art 5(a) and Art 16(1): shall abide in conformity with its policy of non-interference in the personal affairs of any Community without its initiative and consent; Art 16(2): fully supports the principle of compulsory registration of marriages in principle but not practical in a vast country like India with its variety of customs, religions and level of literacy.1  
Indonesia29-Jul-198013-Sep-1984Art 29(1)28-Feb-00 
Iran     
Jordan3-Dec-19801-Jul-1992Art 9(2); Art 16(1c,1d,1g)1  
Kazakhstan 26-Aug-1998(a) 6-Sep-0024-Aug-01
Kyrgyzstan 10-Feb-1997(a)  22-Jul-2002 a
Lebanon 16-Apr-1997(a)Art 9(2); Art 16(1c,1d,1f,1g); Art 29(1)1  
Malaysia 5-Jul-1995(a)Art 9(2); Art 16(1a,1f,1g). Accession is subject to provisions not conflicting with those of Islamic Sharia' law and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.1  
Mauritania 10-May-2001(a)Approve each and every part which are not contrary to Islamic Sharia or Mauritania's Constitution.  
Morocco 21-Jun-1993(a)Art 2; Art 15(4); Art 9(2); Art 16; Art 29(1)  
Nicaragua17-Jul-198027-Oct-1981   
Nigeria23-Apr-198413-Jun-1985 8-Sep-0022-Nov-04
Pakistan 12-Mar-1996(a)Art 29(1). Subject to the provisions of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.1  
Palestine     
Turkey 20-Dec-1985(a)Art 29(1)8-Sep-0029-Oct-02
Zimbabwe 13-May-1991(a)   
 Source: United Nations Treaty Collection http://treaties.un.org for a list of all countries
1. Some countries object to these reservations or declarations as contrary to the object and purpose of the convention.
Alerts & Updates
February 13, 2015 | 2015 Events, csw, Human Rights
Documentary Film Screening and Panel Discussion Rethinking Human Rights: Challenges and Opportunities in the 21st CenturyPresented by Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and the Gender Studies Program at The New School Co-sponsored by Global Studies at the New School for Public EngagementTuesday, March 10, 2015 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 66 West 12th Street, New York, NY 10011 Register now! | Download the flyer
December 23, 2014 | Film festival, Human Rights, Kyrgyzstan
 On October 7-11, 2014, following a Regional Bus Tour to 20 small cities and towns across Kyrgyzstan, WLP Kyrgyzstan/Bir Duino organized and facilitated the 8th Annual Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Bishkek. This year’s theme was “The Right to Development,” referring to the right of citizens of The Kyrgyz Republic to demand that their government take steps to fulfill its domestic and international human rights obligations, and to improve their quality of life. View photos on Bir Duino's facebook album here.
December 17, 2014 | Africa, Asia, Human Rights, Leading to Action, Middle East, 2014 eNews, Leading To Choices, Leadership, Egypt, India, Political Participation, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Morocco
Leadership training in India, an activist convention in Egypt, and human rights movement building in Marrakesh... These are just a few of the exciting activities happening around the Partnership this fall.
December 16, 2014 | Human Rights, 2014 eNews, Organizational Capacity Building
 During the opening session of WLP’s October 2014 Transnational Partners Convening (TPC) meeting held in Potomac, Maryland, WLP Board Member and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Yakın Ertürk made this statement. Dr. Ertürk’s statement was meant to frame some of the issues facing the WLP’s work and to guide discussions throughout the TPC. To read more on WLP’s 2014 TPC, please click here.
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