The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

Members of Sisters of Frida have been part of the CEDAW working Group coordinated by the Women Resource Centre for a few years, attending meetings and training sessions.

This August we attended the 55th session in Geneva. Below are the links to that week.


The UK CEDAW Shadow Report – Women’s Equality in the UK: A health check

Appendix 36: General Recommendation 18 – Disabled women


En route to CEDAW in Geneva

Day 1 Meeting the CEDAW working group UK delegation in Geneva

Disabled women in Geneva for the 55th session of CEDAW questioning UK government on women’s rights

Day 1 Oral presentations to the CEDAW committee

Press release on NGOs presentations on CEDAW

Day 2 Cedaw Lunch time briefing

Day 3 UK Government CEDAW examination

Oral Statement (CAPE VERDE) to CEDAW Committee 55th session (from disabled women association)

Statement for CEDAW Comittee Status of Women with Disabilities in the Republic of Serbia

NGO oral statement given by Charlotte Gage from the Women’s Resource Centre on behalf of the UK CEDAW Working Group at the 55th CEDAW Session – 15th July 2013 (audio)

NGO ORAL PRESENTATION UNITED KINGDOM Presented at the 55th CEDAW Session, Geneva July 8-19 2013 (text)

photos from UK CEDAW delegation (flickr)

Using CEDAW to reach Equality – Women Resource (facebook)

Recommendations on disabled women for the UK Govt from CEDAW committee

UN flags Palais des Nations

UN flags Palais des Nations

*We would like to thank the NUJ (DMC and BirminghamCoventry Branch) and the Waltham Forest Trades Council for contributing towards travel expenses to Geneva.


Mentioned in Guardian Society Daily by Claire Horton thanks to Lisa Ellwood @Creative Crip

Article by John Pring Disability News Service in The Fed Online

UK challenged on treatment of disabled and older women Ekklesia

See also

NICEM welcomes CEDAW Concluding Observations

When cuts cost lives: women’s economic independence and domestic violence

by Scarlet Harris in Touchstone

4 responses »

  1. Pingback: Post CEDAW 55th session and disabled women’s access to the justice | Sisters of Frida

  2. Pingback: Recommendations on disabled women for the UK Govt from CEDAW committee | Sisters of Frida

  3. TUC blog discusses how the UK government tried to weaken the Public Sector Equality Duty under the Red Tape Challenge (to throw out legislation which they think gets in the way of business). Later, when the govt were faced with the CEDAW committee they told PSED staff to find them examples of robust equality UK equality measures. The devolved nations Scotland and Wales were able to supply these because PSE is a devolved issue and they had chosen to ignored the English ‘Red Tape’.

  4. Pingback: CEDAW and CRPD -building the links - Eleanor Lisney

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