Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Country Reports

This database of country reports is useful for countries interested in learning measures for anti-discrimination and measures to ensure equality in political and public life.


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Countries who have become party to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights of the Convention are implemented. Reports contain detailed information in relation to State’s obligations including: measures for anti-discrimination and protection of fundamental rights; tackling stereotyping and prejudices; measures to counter the exploitation of women; measures to ensure equality in political and public life at national and international levels for women, as well as equality in nationality laws, family law, education, employment and labour rights, and in access to health facilities; measures for promoting women’s participation in economic, social and cultural life; and addressing the needs of rural or marginalised women.

Gender Responsiveness Assessment Scale (GRAS) and the elements of good practice for gender mainstreaming (GM) used 

Gender specific through to gender transformative depending on level of completion and detail. Reports are available for most of the 27 countries in the Region.


Some reports are more detailed than others and not all include a detailed health sector response. Depending on the country context the reports may highlight more gaps than knowledge, however this can be equally as useful in developing a comprehensive overview. Civil society organizations may have provided inputs to the report and/or produced a separate report.

Relevant to countries who are interested in

Developing an understanding of the context for action on gender and health incorporating a stronger human rights lens and perspective. Where the reports are detailed they should provide important information about implementation (success and challenges).This can include important examples of action on gender-not necessarily by the health sector but by other sectors–that might be adapted to the health context.


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