CEDAW is the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Violence Against Women. It is an international human rights treaty which the UK signed up to in the 1980s. Signing up to the treaty places an obligation on the UK to adhere to it. Every four years the UK is reviewed by the CEDAW Committee, which is made up of 23 independent experts. This is soon to take place and as part of this process, the UK released a period report last week where they outline the progress they’ve made towards fulfilling the Convention.

This event aims to be a platform where women’s organisations can come together to discuss the value of CEDAW, both in terms of the sector and individual women. We will discuss whether and how it can be used as a constructive and powerful tool to keep the government to account and how it can be used effectively by the sector.

As part of the 16 days of Activism Campaign, this Ascent special event will focus on the relationship between CEDAW and the Women's Sector

The 2017 16 Days of Activism Campaign places a stronger emphasis than in recent years on the human rights framework. As such, this Ascent Special Event will include talks, panel discussions and workshops related to the relationship between CEDAW (the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women), Women and the Women's Sector.


♀ Harriet Wistrich, Solicitor, Birnberg Peirce/Founding Director, Centre for Women's Justice

♀ Estelle Du Boulay, Director, Rights of Women

♀ Janet Veitch, Equalities Consultant

♀ Eleanor Lisney, Director, Sisters of Frida

♀ Professor Jill Marshall, Consultant: Public Law and Human Rights, Bindmans

♀ Camille Rouse, Advice Worker, London Black Women's Project

♀ Cris McCurley, Solictor, BenHoareBell Solictors

Topics include

 ♀ Submitting an Optional Protocol case

♀ BME Women

♀ Women with disabilities

♀ Violence Against Women and Girls

♀ Human Rights, including international law and legal frameworks

The event will

♀ Increase participants knowledge about CEDAW and the way it can be used to achieve women's equality, eliminate discrimination, and tackle VAWG

♀ Support and enhance collaborative working on CEDAW and other VAWG-related issues

♀ Share knowledge and expertise across sectors and areas of expertise

♀ Share policy and/or legislative developments

Who’s it for?

♀ Women’s organisations and projects in London

♀ Services that address the needs of those at risk of or experiencing VAWG

♀ Voluntary and community sector organisations

♀ Statutory sector services

♀ Officers from different public service teams such as safeguarding, housing, social service

♀ Commissioners of VAWG services

♀ Partner organisations from related areas of delivery especially those that address women’s health needs, homelessness and housing, no recourse to public funds, refugee and asylum seekers, young people, substance misuse etc.

The day will include interactive sessions where you will have the opportunity to network with peers, build capacity, share information, and find way of collaborative working hopefully extending well beyond the day!

× This event is FREE for London based organisations or projects working with those affected by domestic and sexual violence
If you do not fulfil the above criteria the following applies:
If your organisation is a Member of WRC you will need to pay £25 for the full day
If your organisation is not a member of WRC you will need to pay £50 for the full day
 Please read our Training Policies about cancellations, late arrivals, etc. here.

Please note, this event is funded for one participant per organisation. If more than one person from the same organisation wants to attend the event, they will be placed on a waiting list and will be registered for the event depending on availability.