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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 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 it. The Convention reaffirmed the principles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which set a list of 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 Action Watch (IWRAW)--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; 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, 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: IWRAW-Asia Pacific. [Unpublished].
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Date:Dec 1, 2001
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