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CEDAW Article 25 and Article 26


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): The Good Men Project

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2019/02/03

Article 25

1. The present Convention shall be open for signature by all States.

2. The Secretary-General of the United Nations is designated as the depositary of the present Convention.

3. The present Convention is subject to ratification. Instruments of ratification shall be deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

4. The present Convention shall be open to accession by all States. Accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of accession with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Article 26

1. A request for the revision of the present Convention may be made at any time by any State Party by means of a notification in writing addressed to the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

2. The General Assembly of the United Nations shall decide upon the steps, if any, to be taken in respect of such a request.

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979)

Articles 25 and 26 of the CEDAW are more procedural notes than anything, but, nonetheless, important to its overall contents. This convention needs to have a few things equality for all and access for every Member State. It needed to have the ability for all Member States able to sign onto it.

To deny signatory status to it, it is a rejection of its contents, in part or whole, with the implication of an entire rejection of the document as a result, as a whole based on the in part or in whole rejection in content.

Looking at a similar document with a huge scope and breadth is the UN Global Compact on Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration that began with 18 months of deliberation and then on July 13, 2018 the considerations and negotiations became more concrete with a “fully endorsed” version on December 19, 2018. It was a rapid affair.

In the voting procedures, there was an overwhelming consensus with 152 votes for, 5 against – including the United States and Israel, 12 abstains, and 24 no votes; in other words, if a Member State of the United Nations voted, then the Member State of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly in favor of the UN migration compact.

Similarly, it speaks to those who did and did not sign the CEDAW as well. The rest of the stipulations in these articles simply look into the processes of ratification and accession for the Member States involved in these signings.

–One can find similar statements in other documents, conventions, declarations and so on, with the subsequent statements of equality or women’s rights:

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Preamble, Article 16, and Article 25(2).

Convention Against Discrimination in Education (1960) in Article 1.

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966) in Article 3 and Article 13.

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).

Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (1979).

Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984).

The Declaration on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1993).

Beijing Declaration(1995).

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000).

Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children (2000).

The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa or the “Maputo Protocol” (2003).

Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence or the Istanbul Convention (2011) Article 38 and Article 39.


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