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Project on a Mechanism to Address Laws that Discriminate Against Women

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

From The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), there are many instruments that aim to protect the human rights of women. Most states have signed on to at least one of these instruments, and yet women’s rights continue to be violated, often through laws that directly discriminate against women. The aim of this project was to examine the advisability of creating a new mechanism to address laws that discriminate against women. Research was conducted through analyzing existing UN mechanisms to determine the extent to which they addressed the issue of discriminatory laws and by collecting national data on laws that discriminate against women.