WHY IS CEDAW IMPORTANT?
CEDAW is a convention or treaty, which means that it is part of international
law and is legally binding for countries that have ratified the convention.
Although other international human rights instruments, such as the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, prohibit discrimination
on the basis of sex, CEDAW is important because it comprehensively
addresses women’s human rights and is focused on ending all forms of
discrimination against women and girls, and guaranteeing their rights in
all areas of life.