The African Sex Workers Alliance is looking to establish its constituents’ knowledge, capacity and skills regarding the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

one of the world’s major human rights treaties. CEDAW is often described as ‘an international bill of rights for women’

The United Nations’ Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against
Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. It has
often been described as the international bill of rights for women and sets out a
comprehensive set of rights for women in civil, political, economic, social and cultural fields,focusses on achieving gender equality and provides a definition of discrimination against women.

It guarantees sex workers the rights to equal protection under the law and freedom from discrimination, freedom from violence, right to work, right to privacy and freedom from arbitrary interference, right to health, right to marriage and family life and right to economic and social security. It is an important institution for activists to be aware of, as it is responsible for monitoring the progress that States make in implementing the Convention.

ASWA would like to find out how sex workers engage with the mechanism to build up their evidence-based advocacy on global mechanisms. The term ‘sex workers’ reflects the immense diversity within the sex worker community.

Read the overview of CEDAW here:

CEDAW and UPR Reports submitted by our members are here:

Read more about making the UPR work for HIV here:

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