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Full Title

1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

Short Title / Abbreviations

CEDAW

CIL Subject Classification
Citations to Text 1249 UNTS 13, 19 ILM 33 (1980), UN Doc. A/RES/34/180, UN Doc. A/34/46
Date of Adoption 18/12/1979
Place of Adoption New York, United Nations of America, 34th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
Secretariat / Relevant Authority

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

Dispute settlement provisions

“Article 29

1. Any dispute between two or more States Parties concerning the interpretation or application of the present Convention which is not settled by negotiation shall, at the request of one of them, be submitted to arbitration. If within six months from the date of the request for arbitration the parties are unable to agree on the organization of the arbitration, any one of those parties may refer the dispute to the International Court of Justice by request in conformity with the Statute of the Court.

2. Each State Party may at the time of signature or ratification of the present Convention or accession thereto declare that it does not consider itself bound by paragraph I of this article. The other States Parties shall not be bound by that paragraph with respect to any State Party which has made such a reservation.

3. Any State Party which has made a reservation in accordance with paragraph 2 of this article may at any time withdraw that reservation by notification to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.” 

Depository

Secretary-General of the United Nations

Annexes

Entry Into Force Status In Force
Date of Entry into Force

03/09/1981

Entry into Force / Termination Provisions

“Article 27

1. The present Convention shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of deposit with the Secretary-General of the United Nations of the twentieth instrument of ratification or accession.

2. For each State ratifying the present Convention or acceding to it after the deposit of the twentieth instrument of ratification or accession, the Convention shall enter into force on the thirtieth day after the date of the deposit of its own instrument of ratification or accession.” 

General Status 189 Parties (as of 10/12/2019)
Links to Current Status/Reservations United Nations Treaty Collection
Status
ASEAN States
Brunei Darussalam Accession 24/05/2006
Reservation 24/05/2006
Cambodia Signature 17/10/1980
Accession 15/10/1992
Indonesia Signature 29/07/1980
Ratification 13/09/1984
Reservation 13/09/1984
Lao PDR Signature 17/07/1980
Accession 14/08/1981
Malaysia Accession 05/07/1995
Reservation 05/07/1995
Partial Withdrawal of Reservation 06/02/1998
Withdrawal of Reservation 19/07/2010
Myanmar Accession 22/07/1997
Reservation 22/07/1997
Philippines Signature 15/07/1980
Ratification 05/08/1981
Singapore Accession 05/10/1995
Reservation 05/10/1995
Withdrawal of Reservation 24/07/2007
Withdrawal of Reservation 30/06/2011
Thailand Accession 09/08/1985
Declaration 09/08/1985
Reservation 09/08/1985
Withdrawal of Reservation 25/01/1991
Withdrawal of Reservation 26/10/1992
Withdrawal of Reservation 01/08/1996
Withdrawal of Reservation 18/07/2012
Viet Nam Signature 29/07/1980
Ratification 17/02/1982
Reservation 17/02/1982
Related Instruments
Protocols / Amendments to this instrument

1995 Amendment to article 20, paragraph 1, of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

1999 Optional Protocol to the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

This instrument amends/supersedes

Related Instruments

1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

1952 Convention on the Political Rights of Women

1957 Convention on the Nationality of Married Women

1966 International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

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Additional Information

Regarding the status of Cambodia: The 1980 signature was effected by the government of Democratic Kampuchea.  The current Government of Cambodia did not recognize this signature and acceded in 1992.