The Women's Convention Turned 30

Achievements, Setbacks, and Prospects

Edited by: Ingrid Westendorp

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women is a treaty meant for all girls and women around the world. After 30 years, the Convention is still valid and necessary, both in developed and in developing States. This image is clearly conveyed by the contributors to this book, who represent a wide variety of national and cultural backgrounds, and who have put the implementation of the provisions in the Convention to the test, both in modern and in traditional societies. In addition, some chapters pay attention to issues that are not contained in the treaty itself, but that greatly impact the realization of women's human rights, such as gender mainstreaming, gender-based violence, and corruption. The strengths and weaknesses, the future potential of the Convention, and the work of its monitoring body are critically analyzed and compared to other human rights treaties and organs. It becomes clear that, irrespective of the existing flaws, the Convention is the best option for achieving women's equality. (Series: Maastricht Series in Human Rights)

544 pages

Publication Date: 12/31/2012
Format: Paper
ISBN: 9781780680859