A complete list of international and regional instruments and UN documents pertaining to women’s rights.
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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
The two Case Law Databases contain over 2,500 summaries of significant human rights decisions from both domestic Commonwealth courts and from courts and tribunals applying international human rights law such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and the European Court of Human Rights.
Intersights has produced a series of legal manuals which serve as a unique reference for lawyers wishing to familiarise themselves with a given Article of the ECHR. Each manual includes a theoretical part on the standards of the ECHR and a compilation of citations from the case law of the European Court of Human Rights.
The Index provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system: the Treaty Bodies, the Special Procedures and the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
NGOs can submit information to the “other stakeholders” report which will be considered during the Universal Periodic Review.
Shadow reporting is an important tool for NGOs supporting women’s human rights. By submitting a shadow report to a UN treaty body committee, NGOs can highlight issues not raised by their governments or point out where the government may be misleading the committee from the real situation.
Text of the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women, G.A. res. 48/104, 48 U.N. GAOR Supp. (No. 49) at 217, U.N. Doc. A/48/49 (1993).