40 years ago, on December 18th, 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted in by the United Nations General Assembly.

From the USA and Columbia to Senegal, Poland and Cambodia - our authors sum up the contributions CEDAW has made to the position, rights and everyday life of women in these countries and outline what is left to be done.

The CEDAW Principles

The principle of non discrimination

Principle of substantive equality

The principle of state obligation