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Question: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women has been described as: ‘The International Bill Of Rights for Women’. Nevertheless, the Convention’s comparative approach and lack of substantive rights, ensures it does not add to rights’ protection for women.

Critically assess the statement with reference to the most problematic aspects of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

Mark 87.5% (A) - International Human Rights 2nd Year LLB

Answer: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (hereinafter CEDAW) entered into force in 1981 and, as of March 2016, has been ratified by 189 states. Demanding the equal enjoyment of women’s human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide, it is known as ‘an international bill of rights for women’. However these grandiose exaltations belie the numerous shortcomings of the Convention. This essay will critically assess these shortcomings in the form of CEDAW’s comparative approach to women’s rights and its inadequate provision of substantive rights as well as other contentitious issues such as numerous reservations to the treaty, cultural relativism and disregard for intersectionality. The discussion aims to demonstrate however, that these deficien......(short extract)

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Details: - Mark: 88% | Course: Human Rights Law | Year: 2nd/3rd | Words: 2489 | References: Yes | Date written: March, 2016 | Date submitted: November 17, 2017 | Coursework ID: 1033

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