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Initial Reports

A State party submits its initial report one year after the CEDAW Convention's entry into force where that States party is concerned. The report is considered during a CEDAW session, wherein a delegation of the reporting State makes an oral presentation on its report and answers questions of the experts. The CEDAW experts engage in a constructive dialogue with the States party, giving their own views on the issues presented in the report.

The review of an Initial Report is a two-day process. On the first day, the CEDAW Committee raises many questions. The government is then given a few days to prepare their replies before returning for a second round of the review. Thereafter the CEDAW Committee drafts and adopts Concluding Observations on this report.

State party reports should follow guidelines set out by the CEDAW Committee. For more information on writing a State party report to the CEDAW Committee, click here.