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Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women: position statement

Published: 2 May 2018
People Directorate
Part of:
Equality and rights

Our position statement on the implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

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62 page PDF

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Convention on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women: position statement

62 page PDF

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ISBN 978 1 78851 862 8 (web only publication)
PPDAS 347106

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An errata was published on 08/05/2018 at pdf page 31, section Article 10; Education. Text has been updated to read: Year 1 funding (£180,000 2015/16) to the Institute of Physics ( IoP) to support the Improving Gender Balance ( IGB) Scotland pilot project.
A link was removed at page 40, section 12.1 Tracking Health Inequalities in Scotland.
A link to the Consultation on Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People and Modern Apprentices was added at page 48, section 14.4 Transport.

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Ministerial Foreword


Article 1: Elimination of discrimination
1.1 Public Sector Equality Duty
1.2 The Fairer Scotland Duty
1.3 Minority Ethnic Women
1.4 Support for Gypsy/Travellers
1.6 Disabled Women
1.7 A Gender Index for Scotland
1.8 Non-Governmental Organisations

Article 2: Obligations to eliminate discrimination
2.1 Removal of fees for employment tribunals
2.2 Women Offenders

Article 3: Development and advancement of women

Article 4: Special measures to accelerate equality
4.1 The First Ministers National Advisory Council on Women and Girls
4.2 Funding for organisations focused on tackling gender inequality
4.3 Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act
4.4 Celebrating the Centenary of Women's Suffrage

Article 5: Sex roles and stereotyping
5.1 Role of the Media
5.2 Equalities Action Plan for Modern Apprenticeships
5.3 Equally Safe
5.4 Women's Sector

Article 6: Exploitation of women
6.1 Human Trafficking
6.2 Legislation
6.3 Prostitution

Article 7: Political and public life

Article 8: Women as international representatives
8.1 Women's Representation in Political and Public Life
8.2 Access to Elected Office Fund
8.3 Gender Representation on Public Boards (Scotland) Act
8.4 Partnership for Change
8.5 Electoral Reform
8.6 Gender Balanced Cabinet

Article 9: Nationality
9.1 New Scots strategy
9.2 Scottish Guardianship Service ( SGS)

Article 10: Education
10.1 Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood Education
10.2 STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
10.3 Modern Apprenticeships
10.4 Education and international development
10.5 Tackling bullying in schools

Article 11: Employment
11.1 Living Wage
11.2 Public Sector Pay
11.3 Employment Rate
11.4 Gender Pay Gap
11.5 Women in Enterprise
11.6 Improving access to employment for women with disabilities
11.7 Improving access to employment for Minority Ethnic Women
11.8 Family Friendly Working
11.9 Combatting pregnancy discrimination at work
11.10 Returners Programmes
11.11 Workplace Equality Fund

Article 12: Women's health
12.1 Tackling Health Inequalities in Scotland
12.2 Maternity
12.3 Baby Box
12.4 Sexual Health and Wellbeing
12.5 Abortion Services in Scotland
12.6 Supporting access to abortion services for women in Northern Ireland
12.7 Mental Health

Article 13: Social and economic benefits
13.1 Social Security Benefits
13.2 Women and Girls in Sport
13.3 The Scottish Welfare Fund
13.4 Early Learning and Childcare
13.5 Fairer Scotland Action Plan
13.6 Carers Allowance

Article 14: Rural women
14.1 Women in Agriculture
14.2 Forensic Examination
14.3 Access to Broadband
14.4 Transport
14.5 Social Isolation

Article 15: Equality before the law and civil matters
15.1 Employment tribunal fees
15.2 Legal Aid
15.3 Corroboration Reform
15.4 Addressing historical institutional abuses

Article 16: Equality in marriage and family law
16.1 Forced Marriage
16.2 Equal protection for women's and men's property rights
16.3 Corporal Punishment

Article 17: Eliminating Violence Against Women and Girls
17.1 Equally Safe, Scotland's strategy to tackle all forms of violence against women and girls
17.2 The Abusive Behaviour and Sexual Harm (Scotland) Act 2016
17.3 The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Act 2018
17.4 Female Genital Mutilation ( FGM)
17.5 Child Sexual Exploitation
17.6 Funding
17.7 Legal Aid
17.8 Istanbul Convention
17.9 Children and Young People
17.10 Domestic Abuse Taskforce
17.11 Justice
17.12 Minority Ethnic Women