CEDAW and the Women’s Law in Malaysia: An Overview
On 18 December 1979, the UN General Assembly has adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). CEDAW, also known as the Women’s Convention, was passed with the object of seeking for the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women at international level and it serves as the main global legal force in protecting women. Malaysia has formally acceded to CEDAW on 5 July 1995 with reservation on 3 articles of the convention. As a state member to CEDAW, Malaysia is obligated to take all appropriate measures to ensure that all forms of discrimination against women are eliminated with exception to these reservations. Malaysian accession to CEDAW is clearly manifested by the amendment made to Article 8(A) of its Federal Constitution, which now includes the term “gender” as a prohibited ground for discrimination. Since law is the first tool to ensure the adherence to the convention, this paper aims to highlight whether the Malaysian law relating to women conform to the provisions of CEDAW.
Keywords: CEDAW, Malaysian Law, Women
Dr. Wan Izatul Asma Wan Talaat
Corporate Communication and External Affairs Division, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu