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Table 6.B - Year of ratification of CEDAW
 
Year of ratification
Whether national
 
of CEDAWa
plan of action provided
   
to the UN Secretariatb
Africa
 
 
Algeria
1996
(a)
Yes
Angola
1986
(a)
Yes
Benin
1992
..
Botswana
1996
(a)
Yes
Burkina Faso
1987
(a)
Yes
Burundi
1992
Yes
Cameroon
1994
(a)
..
Cape Verde
1980
(a)
Yes
Central African Republic
1991
(a)
..
Chad
1995
(a)
..
Comoros
1994
(a)
..
Congo
1982
Yes
Côte d'Ivoire
1995
(a)
..
Dem. Rep. of the Congo
1986
..
Djibouti
1998
(a)
..
Egypt
1981
Yes
Equatorial Guinea
1984
(a)
..
Eritrea
1995
(a)
Yes
Ethiopia
1981
Yes
Gabon
1983
..
Gambia
1993
..
Ghana
1986
Yes
Guinea
1982
Yes
Guinea-Bissau
1985
..
Kenya
1984
(a)
Yes
Lesotho
1995
(a)
..
Liberia
1984
(a)
..
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
1989
(a)
..
Madagascar
1989
..
Malawi
1987
(a)
Yes
Mali
1985
Yes
Mauritania
2001
(a) ..
Mauritius
1984
(a)
..
Morocco
1993
(a)
Yes
Mozambique
1997
(a)
Yes
Namibia
1992
(a)
Yes
Niger
1999
(a)
Yes
Nigeria
1985
Yes
Rwanda
1981
..
Sao Tome and Principe
2003
  ..
Senegal
1985
Yes
Seychelles
1992
(a)
..
Sierra Leone
1988
..
South Africa
1995
(a)
..
Sudan
..
Yes
Swaziland
..
Yes
Togo
1983
(a)
..
Tunisia
1985
Yes
Uganda
1985
Yes
United Republic of Tanzania
1985
Yes
Zambia
1985
Yes
Zimbabwe
1991
(a)
Yes
Latin America/Caribbean
  
 
Antigua and Barbuda
1989
(a)
..
Argentina
1985
Yes
Bahamas
1993
(a)
..
Barbados
1980
..
Belize
1990
Yes
Bolivia
1990
Yes
Brazil
1984
Yes
Chile
1989
Yes
Colombia
1982
Yes
Costa Rica
1986
Yes
Cuba
1980
Yes
Dominica
1980
..
Dominican Republic
1982
..
Ecuador
1981
Yes
El Salvador
1981
Yes
Grenada
1990
..
Guatemala
1982
..
Guyana
1980
..
Haiti
1981
Yes
Honduras
1983
Yes
Jamaica
1984
Yes
Mexico
1981
Yes
Nicaragua
1981
..
Panama
1981
Yes
Paraguay
1987
(a)
Yes
Peru
1982
Yes
Saint Kitts and Nevis
1985
(a)
Yes
Saint Lucia
1982
(a)
Yes
St. Vincent/Grenadines
1981
(a)
..
Suriname
1993
(a)
..
Trinidad and Tobago
1990
Yes
Uruguay
1981
..
Venezuela
1983
Yes
Asia
 
 
Afghanistan
2003
(a) ..
Armenia
1993
(a)
..
Azerbaijan
1995
(a)
..
Bahrain
2002
(a)
Yes
Bangladesh
1984
(a)
Yes
Bhutan
1981
..
Brunei Darussalam
..
Yes
Cambodia
1992
(a)
Yes
China
1980
Yes
Cyprus
1985
(a)
..
Dem. People's Rep. of Korea
2001
(a)
Yes
Georgia
1994
(a)
Yes
India
1993
Yes
Indonesia
1984
Yes
Iran (Islamic Republic of)
..
Yes
Iraq
1986
(a)
Yes
Israel
1991
Yes
Jordan
1992
Yes
Kazakhstan
1998
(a)
Yes
Kuwait
1994
(a)
Yes
Kyrgyzstan
1997
(a)
Yes
Lao People's Dem. Rep.
1981
..
Lebanon
1997
(a)
Yes
Malaysia
1995
(a)
Yes
Maldives
1993
(a)
Yes
Mongolia
1981
Yes
Myanmar
1997
(a)
Yes
Nepal
1991
..
Oman
..
Yes
Pakistan
1996
(a)
Yes
Philippines
1981
Yes
Qatar
..
Yes
Republic of Korea
1984
Yes
Saudi Arabia
2000
  ..
Singapore
1995
(a)
Yes
Sri Lanka
1981
..
Syrian Arab Republic
2003
(a)
Yes
Tajikistan
1993
(a)
..
Timor-Leste
2003
(a) ..
Thailand
1985
(a)
Yes
Turkey
1985
(a)
Yes
Turkmenistan
1997
(a)
..
United Arab Emirates
..
Yes
Uzbekistan
1995
(a)
..
Viet Nam
1982
Yes
Yemen
1984
(a)
Yes
Oceania
 
 
Fiji
1995
(a)
Yes
Papua New Guinea
1995
(a)
..
Samoa
1992
(a)
..
Solomon Islands
2002
  ..
Vanuatu
1995
(a)
Yes
Developed regions
 
 
Albania
1994
(a)
..
Andorra
1997
(a)
..
Australia
1983
Yes
Austria
1982
Yes
Belarus
1981
Yes
Belgium
1985
Yes
Bosnia and Herzegovina
1993
(d)
..
Bulgaria
1982
Yes
Canada
1981
Yes
Croatia
1992
(d)
Yes
Czech Republic
1993
(d)
Yes
Denmark
1983
Yes
Estonia
1991
(a)
..
Finland
1986
Yes
France
1983
Yes
Germany
1985
Yes
Greece
1983
Yes
Hungary
1980
..
Iceland
1985
..
Ireland
1985
(a)
Yes
Italy
1985
Yes
Japan
1985
Yes
Latvia
1992
(a)
..
Liechtenstein
1995
(a)
Yes
Lithuania
1994
(a)
Yes
Luxembourg
1989
Yes
Malta
1991
(a)
Yes
Netherlands
1991
Yes
New Zealand
1985
Yes
Norway
1981
Yes
Poland
1980
Yes
Portugal
1980
Yes
Republic of Moldova
1994
(a)
Yes
Romania
1982
Yes
Russian Federation
1981
Yes
San Marino
2003
  ..
Serbia and Montenegro
2001
(d)
..
Slovakia
1993
(d)
Yes
Slovenia
1992
(d)
..
Spain
1984
Yes
Sweden
1980
Yes
Switzerland
1997
(a)
Yes
The FYR of Macedonia
1994
(d)
..
Ukraine
1981
..
United Kingdom
1986
Yes
United States
..
Yes

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Source:

Division for the Advancement of Women of the United Nations Secretariat (http://www.un.org/womenwatch/daw/cedaw/states.htm, accessed on January 2004). Note: indicate that the State has not

Footnotes:

Two dots (..) indicate that the State has not ratified or acceded to the Convention as of 10 Decmber 2003.

aRefers to the year that the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was ratified. The note (a) next to the year indicates accession to the Convention; the note (d) indicates succession to the Convention. As of December 2003, United States has signed but not ratified, acceded or succeeded to the Convention.

b"Yes" means that the country or area has, as of April 2000, provided to the United Nations Secretariat its national action plan or strategy for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action.


Technical notes:

Table 6.B presents, for each country, the year of ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and whether a national plan of action for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action has been submitted to the United Nations Secretariat.

Information on the year of ratification of the Convention is provided by the Division for the Advancement of Women of the United Nations Secretariat, as is information on national plan of action.

The information on the Convention provided in table 6.B is as of June December 2003. The Convention is the first international treaty embodying the civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights of women. It therefore covers the full range of issues related to the role and position of women in public and private life and establishes the obligations of States Parties to ensure the full development and advancement of women. It should be noted that many countries that have ratified and put in force the Convention have entered reservations. Conversely, some countries that have not entered reservations continue to permit practices that contravene particular provisions of the Convention.

The column on the national plan of action indicates whether a country has submitted a national action plan for the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action to the United Nations Secretariat, as of 4 April 2000. Governments committed themselves in the Platform for Action to developing implementation strategies and plans of action, and the majority of countries have provided their national action plans or strategies to the Secretariat. Many of the plans were prepared in cooperation with non-governmental organizations and other relevant actors. Only a few national action plans established comprehensive, time-bound targets and benchmarks or indicators for monitoring, and most national action plans made no reference to sources of financing for the actions identified.