CEDAW benchbook framework

CEDAW benchbook framework

A technical examination of the Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The Convention on Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) was ratified by the Philippines in 1981. This benchbook seeks to contribute to the clarification of how jurisprudence has helped in the realisation of women’s human rights and how it can further so do, using State obligations under the CEDAW as the standard. The document is a technical examination of the CEDAW which aims to be a useful tool in creating a new corps of gender-sensitive judges and court personnel.

The book has been divided and classified according to rights and principles in the CEDAW which promote gender equality and non-discrimination against women. Specific cases can be viewed as examples of how courts have upheld and can uphold the rights of women using the human rights framework of CEDAW through the development of case law. The book serves as a resource for those interested in the application of CEDAW within the Philippines and provides a snapshot of where success and failures have occurred, and how the country can work towards a creating a legal system that offers a better understanding, and complete protection, of the rights of women.

Areas examined within this report include:

  • human rights and fundamental freedoms
  • temporary special measures
  • prostitution and trafficking
  • equality in nationality and citizenship laws
  • economic and social benefits
  • family and marriage
  • sexual harassment

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