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CEDAW and women rights

CEDAW and women rights

      CEDAW refers to the Convention on the Elimination of All form of Discrimination Against Women. It is an international treaty adopted by the United Nation General Assembly in 1979 and enforced in 1981. It is also considered as an international bill of rights for women. CEDAW establishes a comprehensive framework to address gender based discrimination and promote women rights worldwide. The convention defines discrimination against women and set out various areas where discrimination should be eliminated including political, social, cultural, civil and domestic life.           CEDAW has been ratified by all member states of the United Nations which makes it one of the most widely accepted human rights treaty. The monitoring mechanism was established under CEDAW through the committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against women. States submits preodic report to the committee on their progress in implementing the convention and the committee provides recommendations and guidance to promote further compliance.           The principles outlined in CEDAW has been influential in shaping national laws and policies to better protect and promote women rights. It has played an important an important role in advancing gender equality and empowering women globally. Non-governmental organizations and civil society play a vital role in advocating for the implementation of CEDAW and holding states accountable for their commitment. They also work with Government to raise awareness, monitor progress and push for systematic changes that promote gender equality.         To promote gender equality it is mandatory for states to creat awareness about women rights. These undermentioned are some measures that can be adopted to raise awareness among the public.         The gender equality, women rights and the principles of non discrimination should be incorporated into school curriculum at all levels. Training should be provided to teachers, educationalists and leaders on gender equality and women rights issues. Develop and implement public awareness campaign that highlights the importance of women rights through media and social media including television, radio, newspaper and online platform to promote positive and accurate picture of women and showcase their achievements.         The legal workshops should be conducted to raise awareness and focused on women legal rights. Educate women and communities on laws related to gender equality, domestic violence, sexual herrasement, equal opportunities and other partinant issues.Men and young boys should be involved in conversation about gender equality and women rights. They should be encouraged to become advocates to challenge harmful norms and behaviours and promote positive thoughts and emphasizes on the benefits of equality for everyone in society.       In view of the above, CEDAW is a crucial treaty in a fight against discrimination and promotion of women rights worldwide. It continues to contribute to the ongoing progress for gender equality and women empowerment through its provisions and monitoring mechanism.         About an author: Author can be contacted at hassanakhter392@gmail.com      

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