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Belgian Disability Forum

CEDAW Reports

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women provides for an international monitoring system. The Belgian Disability Forum asbl (BDF) plays an active role in this system which can lead to an improvement of the living conditions of disabled women and young girls.

The international monitoring system

According to the international monitoring system, State Parties have to submit a report to the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women every four years. This report has to explain the measures taken by the Member State in order to fulfil its obligations arising under the Convention.

The CEDAW relies on this report as well as on alternative reports arising from, in particular, the civil society, in order to publish general proposals and / or recommendations to the State Party.

Consideration of Belgium by the CEDAW (2014)

The CEDAW has considered the 7th report about Belgium during its 59th session from 20 october to 7 november 2014

Link to the seventh Belgian report dated 25 July 2012 :

During the same session, the CEDAW has also taken into account the alternative report of the BDF, which had been drafted in collaboration with the different advisory councils, and which had been filed in January 2014.

Observations and recommendations of the CEDAW to Belgium (2014)

The CEDAW has issued its final observations as well as its recommendations on 14 November 2014.

Link to the final observations of the committee :