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1. WHAT is Cedaw?
Adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (Cedaw) is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and issues, with 30 provisions. It affirms the reproductive rights of women and identifies culture and tradition as influential forces that shape gender roles and family relations. Countries that have ratified or acceded to the convention are legally bound to put its provisions into practice.
2. What does Cedaw cover?
The convention focuses on three key areas: civil rights and the legal status of women (i.e the right to vote, hold public office, non discriminationin education, employment, economic and social activities, equal rights with regards to choice of spouse, parenthood, personal rights and command over property), reproductive rights (i.e the rights to maternity protection, child care, maternity leave, reproductive choice and family planning) and cultural factors including gender relations (i.e eliminating gender prejudice in social and cultural practice, removing gender stereotyping in education, affirming that both genders have equal responsibilities in family life and employment, etc)
3. How is Malaysia involved in Cedaw?
In 1995, Malaysia acceded to Cedaw, but with reservations on provisions of certain articles, which included the rights of women relating to marriage and family relations.
4. What does this mean?
By accepting Cedaw, Malaysia is committed to ending discrimination against women in all forms by, abolishing all discriminatory laws and adopting appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination. Other requirements include establishing tribunals and other public institutions to ensure the protection of women against discrimination.
Committing to real change for women and children
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