Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
By ratifying the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1982, Austria has committed itself to submit written reports every four years on the progress made with regard to the implementation of the Convention.
7th / 8th Austrian Country Report (2011)
The present combined Seventh and Eighth Austrian Report follows up the comments of the Sixth CEDAW report and gives a survey of the most important measures taken, projects launched and laws passed with a view to eliminating discrimination against women in social, cultural and economic life in the period from January 2004 to December 2010.
The first part of this report contains comments on the recommendations of the CEDAW Committee while the second provides information on the individual articles of the Convention. In addition, a survey of statistics and projects, events, studies and publications is given in the two Annexes.
6th Austrian Country Report (2004)
The 6th Austrian Country Report describes measures and achievements made in the years 1999 through 2003. Apart from the report itself, which deals with the recommendations on the 5th Country Report as well as the statements concerning the items of the Convention, it contains two appendices listing specific activities and statistical data.
The concluding comments of the United Nations CEDAW Committee on the occasion of the review of the sixth Austrian Country Report on 23 January 2007 in New York can be accessed in English on the CEDAW website.
Brochure about the Women's Rights Convention (CEDAW)
The brochure about CEDAW, the Women's Rights Convention, was compiled in the autumn of 2007 on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of its ratification in Austria. It describes the elements and goals as well as the origins of the Convention, the work of the CEDAW Committee, the Optional Protocol and the concrete rights of women as laid down in CEDAW.
Optional Protocol to CEDAW
Apart from the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, on 6 October 1999 the General Assembly also adopted the Optional Protocol that allows every woman who believes that a right laid down in the CEDAW Convention has been violated, to submit a complaint to the CEDAW Committee after having taken the matter through all domestic stages of appeal (individual right of complaint).
It also extends the international protection of women's rights by providing an inquiry procedure for the event of grave or systematic violations of human rights.
Austria ratified the Optional Protocol on 6 September 2000.
The model communication form included in the Optional Protocol to CEDAW contains guidelines to be observed when making a petition.