GENDER: U.N. Women's Treaty Weakened by Slew of Reservations

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GENDER: U.N. Women's Treaty Weakened by Slew of Reservations


The lack of implementation of CEDAW is exacerbated by countries’ reservations to the treaty. Many countries, including most Muslim countries [with the exceptions of Afghanistan and Yemen], have significant and broad reservations to CEDAW that nullify their commitment to gender equality.Around 22 member states, ranging from Algeria and Australia to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the United Kingdom, have exercised their right not to implement certain provisions of the treaty, even though they have signed and ratified CEDAW.
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