Sexual and reproductive health

Women’s health and human rights: Monitoring the implementation of CEDAW

World Health Organization, Department of Reproductive Health and Research

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Publication details

Number of pages: 80
Publication date: 2007
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 159510 0



This guide explains how human rights related to health are enshrined in the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), governmental obligations to implement those rights and monitoring of those obligations by the CEDAW Committee. It concludes with suggestions for maximizing WHO’s use of the CEDAW monitoring process.

The guide provides information on how WHO can assist countries in complying with their treaty obligations for women’s rights, including the elimination of discrimination against women in the area of health care.