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
November 14, 2014 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violenc, Coalition of the Feminist Spring for Democracy and Equality, Human Rights, Legislation, Middle East, Press, protest, Spring of Dignity Coalition, Stop Violence Against Women, World Human Rights Forum, Morocco
Rabat - On November 5, 2014, the Spring of Dignity Coalition, a joint women’s rights initiative of several progressive Moroccan organizations including WLP Morocco/L’Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM), called a press conference to issue a statement regarding the continued stalling of anti-violence against women (VAW) legislation, and to announce their intention to hold a protest march on that issue in December 2014.
November 6, 2014 | Human Rights, Middle East, Stop Violence Against Women, Jordan
WLP Jordan/Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J) held two seminars on the topic of violence against women on October 14th and October 21st in the Jordanian cities of Dhullail and Russeifa. A total of 69 women attended the seminars, including some who were refugees from Syria. The seminars, entitled “Women, Violence, and the Law” and led by Jordanian lawyer and activist Alaa Khasawneh, are part of an ongoing SIGI/J project begun in 2012, which targets local women as well as Syrian refugees.
September 30, 2014 | Asia, Human Rights, Pakistan
The lives of millions of men, women, and children are presently at risk due to devastating floods across large areas of Pakistan.
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