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!

CEDAW Sydney Consultation

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

 Download flyer with for the CEDAW Consultation in Sydney on 26 June 2014


Survey responses are due 13 June 2014:

Online Webinar

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

 RSVP: by Friday 6th July at http://tinyurl.com/larohp6  or by emailing Kiri Dicker at cedaw@ywca.org.au

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 NGO Delegation Advocacy Resources
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.

Workshop resources
Other useful CEDAW Resources
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