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The CEDAW Principles

The principles of substantive equality, non-discrimination and State obligation as prescribed by the CEDAW Convention

The substance of the CEDAW Convention is based on three core interrelated principles:

It is essential to have clarity on these principles if we are to use the CEDAW Convention as a tool to promote the advancement of women. These principles provide the framework for formulating strategies to advance the human rights of women and will give meaning to the articles of the convention. In fact, it might prove to be counterproductive to try and promote individual articles of the CEDAW Convention if they are not premised on an understanding of equality and non-discrimination as they are conceptualised in the treaty.