CEDAW and Wales


UNA Wales believes in an all encompassing approach, championing the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).  CEDAW places obligations on state parties, to eliminate discrimination against women
, which is defined as:

"...any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field." (Article 1 CEDAW)

The Convention provides a framework for States to take responsibility for tackling discrimination against women and achieving substantive equality for women in both the private and public spheres. It outlines a set of rights for women in all fields (civil, political, economic, social and cultural) and is the only human rights treaty which affirms the reproductive rights of women. By signing-up to the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to:

  • end all forms of discrimination against women;
  • protect women’s rights; and
  • promote equality within the legal system, public institutions and other organisations and amongst individuals.

Although the UK has acceded to the Convention, Wales, as a devolved nation, receives little more than a page or two in the periodic report that all nations who accept CEDAW must present. Therefore, the intricacies of gender inequality in Wales are overlooked. UNA Wales urges the Welsh Assembly Government, alongside other Welsh organisations, to sign on to CEDAW, and allow the march of women to continue.

More information on CEDAW

Progress with CEDAW in Wales


In June 2012 the Women's Equality Network Wales submitted a shadow report to the CEDAW commission on the situation in Wales.

Women's Equality Network Wales is a community of both individuals and organisations that are working to promote the rights of women in all sphered of Welsh life.

To view the report submitted by WEN Wales to the commission please click here. PLease note that the report was obtained from the WEN Wales website which can be found here.

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