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.