The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is one of the world’s major human rights treaties. It is often described as “an international bill of rights for women” and its focus is on achieving gender equality. CEDAW, therefore, creates a number of different obligations that States must comply with in order to combat discrimination against women. While people of all genders sell sex, the majority of sex workers are women and sex work is often regarded in the arenas of law and policy as a ‘women’s rights issue’. This makes CEDAW an important human rights treaty for sex workers’ rights activists; the aim of this Smart Guide is to explore how the Convention can be used to advance the rights of women sex workers.
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