Welcome to CEDAW in Action – Southeast Asia, a site dedicated to increasing understanding about the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and highlighting policies, practices and actions to effectively ensure its implementation in the countries of Southeast Asia.
CEDAW in Action – Southeast Asia is an initiative by the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)’s CEDAW Southeast Asia Programme (UN Women CEDAW SEAP) supported by The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) that offers information and resources on CEDAW, and highlights CEDAW-related activities by both national institutions and civil society, in hopes of being a useful tool for those seeking a better understanding of CEDAW implementation in Southeast Asia.
NEW AND NOTEWORTHY
WHAT IS CEDAW?
CEDAW is often referred to as the ‘women’s bill of rights’. It is one of the core international human rights treaties, which requires Member States to undertake legal obligations to respect, protect and fulfill human rights.
WHY IS CEDAW IMPORTANT?
CEDAW provides a complete definition of sex-based discrimination – described as any distinction, exclusion, or restriction on the basis of sex, which intentionally or unintentionally nullifies or impairs the recognition, enjoyment and exercise of women’s social, cultural, political and economic rights. [read more...]
CEDAW IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
The emphasis on CEDAW as a defining framework for realizing women’s human rights is both an important and timely strategy for women in the Southeast Asian region. All 10 of the ASEAN countries have ratified or acceded to the convention, and all have constitutional foundations for fostering gender equality. In addition, Timor-Leste, a non-ASEAN country, acceded to the Convention in April 2003.
Although uneven throughout the region, there has been considerable overall progress in applying the CEDAW framework to the development of laws, policies and institutional planning, as a direct result of efforts by both governments and civil society. [read more...]