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The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was adopted by the General Assembly in 1979 by votes of 130 to none, with 10 abstentions. In resolution 34/180, in which the General Assembly adopted the Convention, the Assembly expressed the hope that the Convention would come into force at an early date and requested the Secretary-General to present the text of the Convention to the mid-decade World Conference of the United Nations Decade for Women.

At the special ceremony that took place at the Copenhagen Conference on 17 July 1980, 64 States signed the Convention and two States submitted their instruments of ratification. On 3 September 1981, 30 days after the twentieth member State had ratified it, the Convention entered into force - faster than any previous human rights convention had done - thus bringing to a climax United Nations efforts to codify comprehensively international legal standards for women.

Pakistan ratified CEDAW in 1996, with a declaration making the compliance subject to its Constitution and a reservation under article 29 para 1. Pakistan has not adopted any legal framework for translating the CEDAW provisions to its domestic laws. Furthermore, there is a lack of awareness among the masses and the civil society organizations have not been involved for implementation of CEDAW in domestic interventions.

So far Pakistan has submitted four reports.

  1. Combined 1st 2nd and 3rd Report Submitted by GOP
    1. The comments/observations on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Reports
    2. Response from GOP on comments/observations on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Reports
  2. 4th Report Submitted by GOP
    1. The comments/observations on Pakistan’s 4th Report.
    2. Response/Reply from Pakistan observations.
  3. Introductory Statement of Pakistan on 12th Feb. 2013 by Chairperson NCSW
  4. Concluding Observations on Fourth Periodic Report of Pakistan
    (Adopted by Committee at its Fifty Fourth Session: 11 February – 1 March 2013)
  5. List of Participants in 12th Feb. 2013 meeting
  6. NGO Alternative Report on CEDAW 2012



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