Women's Human Rights Resources

International Legal Agreements:

CEDAW Advocacy:

Legal Cases Mentioning CEDAW:


CEDAW status in WLP partner countries

 Convention SignatureConvention Ratification or Accession(a)Convention Reservations and DeclarationsOptional Protocol SignatureOptional Protocol Ratification
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
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 
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)  
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  
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 23, 2015 | 16 Days, 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence, Fear to Freedom, Human Rights, Stop Violence Against Women, Victories over Violence, Jordan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Turkey, Zimbabwe
Take a stand! Join WLP in the worldwide campaign to end gender-based violence.On November 25, 2015, Women's Learning Partnership joins the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University, along with over 5,478 organizations and other participants from 187 countries and territories, in the launch of the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. The 2015 Campaign theme, From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All, highlights the increase of violent attacks against women and girls who claim their right to education, and the continued barriers to women's and girls' education across the globe. You can find more information on our WLP Partner Activities Calendar and on the CWGL 16 Days Campaign home page.
August 18, 2015 | 2015 Events, Africa, Americas, Asia, Human Rights, human security, Middle East, TPC, ICT for Social Change, Young & Emerging Leaders
Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) present The World We Seek: Reigniting the Dialogue on Human Security. September 14, 2015, 9:30am-5:00pm.
July 2, 2015 | Advocacy, Africa, Human Rights, penal code, Stop Violence Against Women, Victories over Violence, Morocco
In response to the recent arrest of two Moroccan women for violating “public modesty” laws by wearing short skirts, WLP ‎Morocco‬/Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) along with other women's rights organizations convened a protest on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Rabat. Read more here (Arabic). ADFM also issued the below statement to demand that the Moroccan government take necessary measures to protect women’s personal choice of clothing.
June 25, 2015 | Human Rights, Middle East, Saudi Arabia, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), Young & Emerging Leaders
WLP is proud to announce that Dr. Thoraya Obaid, Chair of WLP's Board of Directors and distinguished advocate for women's rights in Saudi Arabia and across the Global South, earned the 2015 United Nations Population Award in the individual laureate category. The award recognizes Dr. Obaid's outstanding commitment, vision, and leadership in promoting population issues and the rights of women, girls, and young people.
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