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Reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: A threat to endin

The Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Convention) was formed with the principal aim of protecting women’s rights worldwide. It is, however, one of the main human rights treaties of the United Nations (UN) that has faced the highest number of reservations by State Parties that are signatories to the Convention. Although State Parties are obligated to make necessary reforms envisioned by the CEDAW Convention, they can also exempt themselves from their obligations by making an authorised reservation under the Convention. This has led to many reservations being made which are incompatible with core provisions of the CEDAW Convention. Such reservations undermine and pose a threat to the progress of ending gender discrimination and protecting women’s rights.

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