Equity or Equality for Women? Understanding CEDAW’s Equality Principles
IWRAW Occasional Paper No. 14
48 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2009
This essay argues that CEDAW’s concept of equality is what is needed to end discrimination against women. It first traces the background of the controversy over the use of the terms equity and equality in international human rights law. It then describes the CEDAW Committee’s recent attempts to emphasize the distinction between “equality” and “equity” and its continuing efforts to clarify the meaning of CEDAW’s broad concept of gender equality.
Keywords: CEDAW, concepts of equality, substantive equality
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