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A training programme on the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Convention) was held from 19 to 22 December 2001 in Mumbai. (India).

* A training programme on the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW CEDAW Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (United Nations)
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 Convention) was held from 19 to 22 December 2001 in Mumbai. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 19 December 1979, the Convention became an international treaty on 3 December 1981 after the twentieth country had ratified rat·i·fy  
tr.v. rat·i·fied, rat·i·fy·ing, rat·i·fies
To approve and give formal sanction to; confirm. See Synonyms at approve.
 it. The Convention reaffirmed the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. Drafted by a committee chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, it was adopted without dissent but with eight abstentions.
, which set a list of inalienable Not subject to sale or transfer; inseparable.

That which is inalienable cannot be bought, sold, or transferred from one individual to another. The personal rights to life and liberty guaranteed by the Constitution of the United States are inalienable.
 human rights and stressed the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women. The training programme was jointly organised by Mahila Sarvangeen Utkarsh Mandal (MASUM) of India and the International Women's Rights The effort to secure equal rights for women and to remove gender discrimination from laws, institutions, and behavioral patterns.

The women's rights movement began in the nineteenth century with the demand by some women reformers for the right to vote, known as suffrage, and
 Action Watch (IWRAW IWRAW International Women's Rights Action Watch )--Asia Pacific. Women's groups from three western states--Goa, Rajasthan and Maharashtra--participated. It was an opportunity to share the rights framework with like-minded organisations and to work out strategies for the application of the CEDAW Convention in India. The objectives of the training were: 1) To provide a theoretical understanding of the CEDAW Convention; 2) To assess the Indian government's compliance in terms of issues for women in India The status of women in India has been subject to great many changes over the past few millennia. From a largely unknown status in ancient times through the low points of the medieval period, to the promotion of equal rights by many reformers, the history of women in India has been ; obstacles for state compliance of the treaty; women's involvement in the implementation and monitoring of the treaty and India's experience of reporting under the CEDAW Convention; and 3) To formulate strategies on taking the actual implementation of the treaty forward and incorporating it in their own work. The resource person, Shanthi Dairiam, the Executive Director of IWRAW-Asia Pacific, packed the four days' sessions with information on women's struggles for equality in different countries, snippets on the workings of the United Nations and concrete guidance on strategy and intervention. Madhu Mehra from Partners for Law in Development, Delhi, meanwhile, joined on the last day to lead the session on the implementation of CEDAW in India. As a result of the training, the participants became equipped with the language of rights and with a new methodology with which to articulate and clarify the ways in which women face discrimination. They emerged with strategies to identify discrimination in all forms (direct and indirect discrimination) at all levels (the family, community, market and state) and to link these discriminations to the violations of particular rights and principles embodied in the CEDAW Convention. Keeping in view the specific issues that women in India faced due to their caste caste [Port., casta=basket], ranked groups based on heredity within rigid systems of social stratification, especially those that constitute Hindu India. Some scholars, in fact, deny that true caste systems are found outside India. , class, region, sexuality, religion, age, mental health status and physical ability, the participants strategised on how to bring about gender justice in different areas. The CEDAW Convention was one of the instruments used for leverage but the strategies also included broad-based reforms, a perspective that the training had strengthened. Towards the end of the training, the participants discussed how their work on the CEDAW Convention could be linked to the work being done on other Conventions.

Source: Tejani, Sheba. 2002. Report on CEDAW Training Programme for Three Western States of India (Maharashtra, Rajasthan & Goa). Pune: MASUM; Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur (kwä`lə lm`pr), city (1990 est. pop. : IWRAW-Asia Pacific. [Unpublished].
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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