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CEDAW −The Promise and the Pain of the Promise

ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights (2017)

18 Pages Posted: 10 Oct 2017  

Rumana Islam

University of Dhaka - Department of Law

Date Written: October 2017


The Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979 (CEDAW) is one of the core international legal instrument aiming at the protection and promotion of women’s rights. It is considered as the most comprehensive code of women’s rights at international level, with its overwhelming focus on socioeconomic, civil, political and cultural rights in all spheres of women’s life. However with the inherent weak enforcement mechanism and with the numerous number of reservations made by the State Parties it is sometime doubted how far the Convention serves as an effective tool for promoting and protecting women’s right, since such reservations jeopardizes the very essence of the convention−to ensure ‘substantive equality’ both at public and private life of the women. This article examines these different aspects of the CEDAW Convention, namely what it promises to achieve and in reality what are the impediments to materialization of those promises−the pain of the promise.

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Islam, Rumana, CEDAW −The Promise and the Pain of the Promise (October 2017). ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights (2017) . Available at SSRN:

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