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International Instruments

"Gender equality is more than a goal in itself. It is a precondition for meeting the challenge of reducing poverty, promoting sustainable development and building good governance."


- Kofi Annan (7th UN Sec-Gen) -

We are guided by international normative standards

The 17 SDGs are a blueprint implemented in 2015 to achieve peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. Gender equality is central to all the SDGs. 

CEDAW is a human rights treaty for women adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979, of which Malaysia has been a signatory to since 1995.

Malaysia State Reports:

Combined Periodical Review 1-2

Combined Periodical Review 3-5

NGO Shadow Reports:

CEDAW & Malaysia 2012

The Status of Women's Human Rights: 24 Years of CEDAW in Malaysia 2019

UN Concluding Observations:

CO on Periodic Reports 3-5

Malaysia SDG Voluntary National Review 2017

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The BPfA is a landmark blueprint for advancing the rights of women and gender equality. Established in 1995, it has comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern. 

The 3 Principles of CEDAW

CEDAW Quick Concise: The principle of substantive equality
CEDAW Quick  Concise: Principle of Non Discrimination

Principle of Substantive Equality

Principle of Non-Discrimination

Principle of State Obligation

Source: IWRAW Asia Pacific

What is the link between the SDGs and CEDAW?

Source: UN Women


Source: UN Women

Gender cross-cuts across the SDGs

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Source: UN Women

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