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As women gain conviction of the legitimacy of their rights, they are making demands for international and national mechanisms through which they can claim their rights.
In this context, the CEDAW Convention takes on significance because it is the principal legal instrument addressing women's rights and equality. At one level, ratification of the CEDAW Convention imposes obligations on the States parties involved.
At another, this treaty is an advocacy tool that can be used to interpret equality, implement as well as evaluate action. Doing so leads to the mobilisation and development of informed and committed constituencies of government functionaries as well as of women at all level, local and global.