New CEDAW report published

Date: 22nd October 2021
Category: UN Convention on the Elimination of Discrimin

Cartoon purple letters spelling out 'CEDAW' with women of all shapes, colours and sizes standing around the sign.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission has published its follow-up report on the UK’s implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). This report will help inform the CEDAW Committee’s assessment of the UK’s progress in implementing Committee recommendations issued during the last review in 2019.

The report focusses on specific key issues identified by the Committee:

  • “The Human Rights Act – which incorporates the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in domestic law – is currently under review. We recommend that the UK Government should ensure that this process does not lead to any weakening of legal protections for human rights and should take steps to prevent any potential negative impact on women’s rights.”
  • “We recommend that the UK Government should establish a comprehensive cross-government national mechanism for monitoring and reporting on progress in meeting its international human rights obligations, including those under CEDAW.”
    B This recommendation has recently been echoed by the Women and Equalities Select Committee.

The CEDAW Committee will consider this report, alongside the UK’s own follow-up report and other stakeholder submissions (such as Engender’s report which we highlighted at the beginning of October) at its session starting on 18 October 2021.

To read the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s CEDAW report click here.

To read Engender’s CEDAW report click here.