How to use CEDAW as an advocacy tool

CEDAW is the only human rights treaty that deals specifically with rural women, highlighting the need for their participation and access to basic social services - and is therefore a powerful tool to advocate for rural women.

ILC has produced this infonote on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) to inform NGOs which options exist for them to engage in the CEDAW process. There is also a separate document with Questions and Answers on specific aspects of participating in the review process, including practical information on accreditation. Both are available in English, Spanish and French.


Additional Resources:

  • Siyanda Update
    30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Issue no. 83, Dec 2009-Jan 2010. In this issue of the Siyanda Update you can find a quick guide to 30 Years of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), an Experts’ and Consultants’ Database, which is a selection of published work from Siyanda Experts who have written on CEDAW, and a section where you can contribute with news, resources, opportunities and perspectives.
  • Stories of CEDAW
    To mark CEDAW’s 30 birthday, Pathways to Women’s Empowerment and One World Action have teamed up to gather and share stories, testimonies and reflections about CEDAW to inspire women the world over. There are already stories from around the world on the site and you can contribute your stories and share your thoughts, experiences and ideas by writing to
  • WIDE CEDAW Blog and WIDE Special Newsletter
    WIDE (Women In Development Europe - a European feminist network of women’s organisations, development NGOs, gender specialists and women’s rights activists) has published a Special Issue of its Newsletter dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Convention of Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
  • 30 Years of CEDAW
    The website celebrates the 30th Anniversay of the adoption of CEDAW and contains a number of significant resources, examples of successful implementation, electronically available publications and a link to Inter Press Service’s (IPS) special CEDAW website.
  • Women's UN Report Network - Guidelines for shadow reporting
    This guide has been jointly prepared by IWRAW Asia-Pacific and ESCR and is a practical guide for NGOs reporting on women's economic, social and cultural rights within the reporting processes for CEDAW and the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)