Women’s rights and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women: Unlocking the potential of the Optional Protocol

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There are a growing number of individual decisions under the OP-CEDAW. This article explores how to fully unlock the potential of the OP-CEDAW. I will argue that the individual decisions should be understood as opportunities to resolve the individual claim and make contributions to the evolution of CEDAW and women's human rights. The article proposes an analytical framework derived from the definition of discrimination in article 1 of CEDAW to achieve this dual purpose of the individual decisions. This will allow the Committee to use this new forum, the OP-CEDAW, to explore how discrimination and inequality limit women's rights and develop a more sophisticated accountability framework.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)247-271
JournalNordic Journal of Human Rights
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 22 Nov 2016


  • gender equality, CEDAW, International Human Rights law, Right to Health, individual communications procedure, OP-CEDAW