The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, and entered into force on 3 September 1981. Australia signed CEDAW on 17 August 1983.
Further information about the rights contained in CEDAW and Australia’s implementation of the Convention can be found on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.
Australia's Candidiate for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
The Australian Government is proud to announce the nomination of Natasha Stott Despoja AO as Australia’s candidate for the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for 2021-2024. This followed an open, merit-based process with a final decision by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Senator the Hon Marise Payne.
Monitoring of progress
The CEDAW Committee monitors the progress made by countries, which have ratified or acceded to the Convention, in implementing CEDAW. Countries that have signed CEDAW are required to submit regular reports to the CEDAW Committee.
The Australian Government provided its 8th report to the CEDAW Committee in December 2016. Australia presented its 8th report to the CEDAW Committee in Geneva on 3 July 2018, using this opportunity to also outline Australia’s compliance with the Convention for the period July 2010 to June 2018. The CEDAW Committee’s resulting Concluding Observations are available from the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner website.
YWCA Australia prepared the following as Shadow Reports to the Australian Government’s 8th report:
- 2014 CEDAW Shadow Report – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Parallel Report
- 2014 CEDAW Shadow Report
Australia’s 9th report is due to the CEDAW Committee by July 2022.