Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) of the United Nations (UN) safeguards women’s rights and ensures the full development of women.
On 14 October 1996, CEDAW was extended to Hong Kong, at the consent of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. CEDAW was continued to apply to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) (with the PRC as the relevant State Party) with effect from 1 July 1997. The HKSAR has been implementing CEDAW through the provisions of the Basic Law and local laws, complemented and supplemented by the necessary administrative measures.
CEDAW covers many areas relating to women’s rights, including Equality in Education, Equality in Employment and Labour Rights, etc. Through the implementation of CEDAW, women’s development in every aspects can be fostered.
The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the UN CEDAW Committee) considered the HKSAR’s third report as part of the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of the PRC under CEDAW at its meeting held on 23 October 2014.
The UN CEDAW Committee issued on 7 November 2014 its Concluding Observations. The HKSAR Government issued a press release on 14 November 2014 to state the Government’s positions vis-à-vis the issues raised by the UN CEDAW Committee.
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