CEDAW, Sex Work, and Addressing Human Rights for Women in the Sex Industry

This week, Canada is presenting its eighth and ninth periodic reports to the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

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The Committee is holding its Sixty-Fifth Session in Geneva beginning October 24, reviewing the implementation of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

States party to the Convention commit themselves to ending all forms of discrimination against women in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or other fields. The Committee, a 23-person expert body, monitors compliance with the Convention. It assesses to what extent each State party is meeting its obligations, and makes recommendations for the implementation of the Convention.

Pivot Legal Society with the Canadian Alliance for Sex Work Law Reform has made submissions to the Committee, entitled "CEDAW, Sex Work, and Addressing Human Rights for Women in the Sex Industry."