CEDAW is the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women. It requires participating countries, including Australia, to put in place legal, policy and financial measures to protect women from discrimination and to uphold their rights. Participating countries must also report to the UN CEDAW Committee about their actions.
The Australian Government is next due to make a report to the CEDAW Committee in 2014. A Shadow report is also being prepared.
2014 Shadow Report
Have your say on the issues affecting Australian women!
During May and June, YWCA Australia and partners will be facilitating a number of consultations to inform the 2014 Shadow Report on the United Nations Convention to End All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
For more information visit the YWCA Australia website
Survey responses are due 13 June 2014:
If you live outside Sydney or Melbourne, there is still an opportunity to contribute to the development of the 2014 CEDAW Shadow Report. We will be hosting an online webinar in partnership with the National Rural Women’s Coalition.
Date: Wednesday 11th July
Time: 7.30pm – 9.30pm
2010 Shadow Report
From 2008-2010, Women’s Legal Service NSW coordinated the NGO contribution to Australia’s review under CEDAW on behalf of a range of women’s and human rights NGOs. This project was undertaken in partnership with the YWCA Australia (project manager and joint coordinator) with funding from the Australian Government Office for Women. Women’s Legal Service NSW was also represented in the NGO delegation to Australia’s review.
CEDAW Action Plan
The 15-point CEDAW Action Plan for Women in Australia sets out what the Australian and State and Territory Governments should do to put into action the CEDAW Committee’s recommendations on women’s human rights in Australia.
It contains thematic sheets on anti-discrimination and human rights protection, participation in public and political life, violence against women, employment, education, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women with disabilities, and culturally and linguistically divers women. Download the CEDAW Action Plan
Australia’s review under CEDAW
In 2010 the CEDAW Committee issues its recommendations, or Concluding Observations, on Australia’s implementation of CEDAW. As part of the review, NGOs and the Australian Government prepared reports and other materials on the implementation of CEDAW in Australia.
CEDAW Review Resources
- CEDAW Concluding Observations on Australia
- Australian Government Report
- Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Parallel NGO Report
- Update to the Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s Parallel NGO Report
- Australian NGO Report
- Update to the Australian NGO Report
- Addendum to the Australian NGO Report
CEDAW NGO Delegation Advocacy Resources
- Australian NGO’s Recommendations for the CEDAW Committee’s Concluding
- Observations on Australia
- Australian NGO Issue Sheets
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s NGO Issue Sheets
- Media release regarding NGO involvement
WLSNSW articles about the Review
CEDAW NGO Workshops
As part of the preparation of the Australian NGO and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women’s NGO Reports, we held workshops across Australia in 2009 to consult women on the issues of importance to them and to strengthen their understanding of the rights in CEDAW.