The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) consists of 23 independent experts charged with monitoring the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW is an indispensable tool for human rights defenders and civil society groups working to promote and protect the rights of all women, and to combat intersecting forms of discrimination.
The CEDAW review on 12 May 2023 was the first such review by the Committee since 2014. During the one-day of dialogue with the Chinese, Hong Kong and Macau governments, Committee members asked many detailed questions. On 25 May, CEDAW released its findings – known as the Concluding Observations – where the experts make recommendations for how the government should ensure protection of women’s rights to comply with the Convention. In the interest of simplifying this document and drawing attention to the ways in which civil society can continue to engage on this issue long after the review itself has concluded, ISHR has developed this explainer.
Download our explainer, in English and Chinese (simplified) to learn more about key recommendations and how civil society can use them to assist documentation and advance change.