Optional Protocol To CEDAW Will Take Effect In 2000

One week ago the government of Italy placed the final signature required for implementation of the most important international protocol created to protect women’s rights. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) grants women and women’s rights groups who have exhausted national systems seeking redress for gender discrimination to petition the CEDAW Committee to act on their behalf. With a mere 10 countries required to ratify the protocol, 62 countries are now signatories leading way to legal implementation on December 22, 2000.


UN Wire 29 September 2000

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