Simone Cusack - Berwick
  • The UN General Assembly adopted the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in late 1999.

    The Protocol established two procedures, a communication procedure and an inquiry procedure. These procedures enable women to seek redress for violations of rights guaranteed by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

    The Optional Protocol to CEDAW website seeks to:

    - improve awareness of the Optional Protocol
    - assist women to use the Optional Protocol
    - facilitate access to resources about the Protocol
    - foster debate about the Optional Protocol and
    - facilitate the cross-fertilisation of women’s human rights jurisprudence.

Simone Cusack - Niagra Falls (2003)

Asylum communication concerning FGM/FGS declared inadmissible (M.N.N. v. Denmark)

Amy Rogers summarises the 2013 decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) in M.N.N. v. Denmark M.N.N is from a village near Kampala, Uganda and is an ethnic Mogadishu woman.  At the time she submitted her communication to the CEDAW Committee she was awaiting deportation from Denmark after her application … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - UN, Austria (2013)

Asylum communication concerning sexual harassment and religious persecution declared inadmissible (M.S. v. Denmark)

  M.S. is from Rawalpindi, Pakistan, and belongs to the Christian minority of Anglo-Indians.  M.S. claims she is a victim of religious discrimination and sexual harassment in Pakistan. M.S. claims that, when she was about 16 years old, A.G. asked to date her and threatened her with reprisals when she refused his request.  According to … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Lake Geneva (2013)
Simone Cusack - Sydney (2012)

Child custody communication inadmissible (M.K.D.A.-A. v. Denmark)

In 2005, K.D.A.-A. (a Filipino national) married M.A. (a Danish national).  M.A. began to abuse K.D.A.-A. shortly thereafter.  The couple left Denmark together in 2007 and lived in various countries, including the Philippines, where their son was born.  M.A. returned to Denmark in 2011 and applied for a 28-day family reunification visa for K.D.A.-A.  K.D.A.-A. … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Geneva (2013)

New resources and scholarship on CEDAW and its Optional Protocol

  CEDAW Committee’s annual report Report of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, UN Doc. A/68/38 (Supp No 38)   Optional Protocol jurisprudence  Maïmouna Sankhé v. Spain, UN Doc. CEDAW/C/56/D/29/2011 (2013) [inadmissible] M.E.N. v. Denmark, UN Doc. CEDAW/C/55/D/35/2011 (2013) [inadmissible] M.K.D.A.-A. v. Denmark, UN Doc. CEDAW/C/56/44/2012 (2013) [inadmissible]     M.N.N. v. Denmark, UN … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - UN, Austria (2013)

Looking to CEDAW: An Opportunity to Protect Women’s and Children’s Rights in Spain and worldwide (Women’s Link Worldwide)

Gema Fernández Rodríguez de Liévana and Paloma Soria Montañez of Women’s Link Worldwide discuss Ángela González Carreño v. Spain, a family violence case currently pending before the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) Click here to read the post in Spanish.   Factual background After more than 20 years of being subjected to violence by … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - UN, Austria (2013)

Mirando al Comité CEDAW: una oportunidad para proteger los derechos de las mujeres víctimas de violencia y de sus hijos en España y en todo el mundo

Gema Fernández y Paloma Soria, de Women’s Link Worldwide, presentan y debaten el caso Ángela González Carreño v. España, un caso de violencia de género pendiente de decisión por el Comité para la Eliminación de la Discriminación contra la Mujer (Comité CEDAW).  Click here to read the post in English. Hechos del caso En 1999, tras 20 … Continue reading

Simone Cusack - Vienna, Austria (2013)

Communication challenging French law on transmission of family names declared inadmissible (Michèle Dayras et al. v. France) (Joshua Wood)

Joshua Wood summarises the 2009 decision of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) in Michèle Dayras et al. v. France  France’s Act on the transmission of family names came into force on 1 January 2005.  The Act provided that a child who was born after 1 January 2005 or was younger than 13 … Continue reading


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