International standards on womenan's rights and gender equality

AuthorDeniz Devrim - Roland Blomeyer - Paul Dalton - Senni Mut-Tracy
Policy Department, Directorate-General for Extern al Policies
1 International standards on womens rights and gender
1.1 UN and regional treaties on discrimination against women and
gender equality
There is a sizeable corpus of international treaties, declarations and programmes for action on
discrimination against women and gender equality, including the International Covenant on Civil and
Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention on the Elimination of All For ms o f Discrim inatio n ag ainst Women
(CEDAW), the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BDPfA), the Declar ation on the Elimination of
Violence aga inst Wo men, and the Vienn a Declaration and Programme o f Action. At t he regional level
treaties include the Inter-American Convention on the Eradication of Violence against Women
(Organisation of American States), the Maputo Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (African Union),
and the Is tanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic
violence (Council of Europe) . The principle of gender equality is central to the UN Sustainable Development
Goals, bot h as one of the goals themselves, but also as a cross-cuttin g element, eit her explicitly or im plicitly,
for the a chievement o f all 17 goa ls.

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