Ukraine has taken the key international commitments on gender equality including Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW, 1980) and its Optional Protocol, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (1995), and adopted national legislative and policy framework on gender equality, including the State Programme on ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities for Women and Men (till 2016) and the National Action Plan “Women, Peace and Security” (2016) to implement UN Security Resolution 1325.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is an international legal instrument that requires countries to eliminate discrimination against women and girls in all areas and promotes women’s and girls’ equal rights. Every four years countries that have ratified CEDAW submit periodic reports on the status of the implementation of the Convention. Upon the review of these reports, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women provides its Concluding Observations.

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