Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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Canada has ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the Optional Protocol to the Convention.

Adoption: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1979 and was opened for signature on 1 March 1980. Its Optional Protocol was adopted by the General Assembly on 6 October 1999 and opened for signature on 10 December 1999.

Entry into force: Convention – 3 September 1981. Optional Protocol – 22 December 2000.

Number of signatories and ratifications/accessions: There are 188 state parties to the Convention. Two additional states have signed but not ratified the Convention. There are 105 state parties to the Optional Protocol. An additional 14 states have signed but not ratified the Optional Protocol.


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