Ratification of CEDAW

StateDate of signatureDate of ratification,
accession or succession
Afghanistan14 August 1980 
Albania 11 May 1994
Algeria 22 May 19961
Andorra 15 January 1997
Angola 17 September 1986
Antigua and Barbuda 1 August 1989
Argentina17 July 198015 July 1985
Armenia 13 September 1993
Australia17 July 198028 July 1983 2
Austria17 July 198031 March 1982
Azerbaijan 10 July 1995
Bahamas 6 October 19933
Bahrain 18 June 2002
Bangladesh 6 November 19844
Barbados24 July 198016 October 1980
Belarus17 July 19804 February 1981
Belgium17 July 198010 July 1985
Belize7 March 199016 May 1990
Benin11 November 198112 March 1992
Bhutan17 July 198031 August 1981
Bolivia30 May 19808 June 1990
Bosnia & Herzegovina 1 September 1993
Botswana 13 August 1996
Brazil31 March 19811 February 1984
Brunei Darussalam  
Bulgaria17 July 19808 February 1982
Burkina Faso 14 October 1987
Burundi17 July 19808 January 1992
Cambodia17 October 198015 October 1992
Cameroon6 June 198323 August 1994
Canada17 July 198010 December 1981
Cape Verde 5 December 1980
Central African Republic 21 June 1991
Chad 9 June 1995
Chile17 July 19807 December 1989
China17 July 1980 4 November 1980
Colombia17 July 198019 January 1982
Comoros 31 October 1994
Congo29 July 198026 July 1982
Costa Rica17 July 19804 April 1986
Cote d'Ivoire17 July 198018 December 1995
Croatia 9 September 1992
Cuba6 March 198017 July 1980
Cyprus 23 July 1985
Czech Republic 22 February 1993
Democratic People's Republic of Korea 27 February 2001
Democratic Republic of the Congo 17 October 198616 November 1986
Denmark17 July 198021 April 1983
Djibouti 2 December 1998
Dominica15 September 198015 September 1980
Dominican Republic17 July 19802 September 1982
Ecuador17 July 19809 November 1981
Egypt16 July 1980 18 September 19814
El Salvador14 November 198019 August 1981
Equatorial Guinea 23 October 1984
Eritrea 5 September 1995
Estonia 21 October 1991
Ethiopia8 July 198010 December 1981
Fiji 28 August 1995
Finland17 July 19804 September 1986
France17 July 1980 14 December 19836
Gabon17 July 198021 January 1983
Gambia29 July 198016 April 1993
Georgia 26 October 1994
Germany17 July 198010 July 1985
Ghana17 July 19802 January 1986
Greece2 March 1982 7 June 1983
Grenada17 July 198030 August 1990
Guatemala8 June 198112 August 1982
Guinea17 July 19809 August 1982
Guinea-Bissau17 July 198023 August 1985
Guyana17 July 198017 July 1980
Haiti17 July 198020 July 1981
Honduras11 June 19803 March 1983
Hungary6 June 198022 December 1980
Iceland24 July 198018 June 1985
India30 July 19809 July 1993
Indonesia29 July 198013 September 1984
Iran  
Iraq 13 August 19864
Ireland 23 December 1985
Israel17 July 19803 October 19917
Italy17 July 1980 10 June 1985
Jamaica17 July 198019 October 1984
Japan17 July 198025 June 1985
Jordan3 December 19801 July 19921,3
Kazakhstan 26 August 1998
Kenya 9 March 1984
Kiribati  
Kuwait 2 September 1994 4
Kyrgyzstan 10 February 1997
Lao Peoples Democratic Rep.17 July 198014 August 1981
Latvia 14 April 1992
Lebanon 21 April 19971,3
Lesotho17 July 198022 August 19955
Liberia 17 July 1984
Libyan A. Jamahiriya 16 May 19894
Liechtenstein 22 December 1995
Lithuania 18 January 1994
Luxembourg17 July 19802 February 19895,6
Madagascar17 July 198017 March 1989
Malawi 12 March 1987
Malaysia 5 July 19954
Maldives 1 July 19934
Mali5 February 198510 September 1985
Malta 8 March 19918
Marshall Islands  
Mauritania  10 May 20014
Mauritius 9 July 1984
Mexico17 July 198023 March 1981
Micronesia  
Monaco  
Mongolia17 July 198020 July 1981
Morocco 21 June 19934
Mozambique 16 April 1997
Myanmar 22 July 1997
Namibia 23 November 1992
Nauru  
Nepal5 February 199122 April 1991
Netherlands17 July 198023 July 1991
New Zealand17 July 198010 January 1985
Nicaragua17 July 198027 October 1981
Niger 8 October 199910
Nigeria23 April 198413 June 1985
Norway17 July 198021 May 1981
Oman  
Pakistan 12 March 19964
Panama26 June 198029 October 1981
Papua New Guinea 12 January 1995
Paraguay 6 April 1987
Peru23 July 198113 September 1982
Philippines15 July 19805 August 1981
Poland29 May 198030 July 1980
Portugal24 April 198030 July 1980
Qatar  
Republic of Korea25 May 198327 December 1984
Republic of Moldova 1 July 1994
Romania4 September 19807 January 1982
Russian Federation17 July 198023 January 1981
Rwanda1 May 19802 March 1981
Saint Kitts and Nevis 25 April 1985
Saint Lucia 8 October 1982
St. Vincent & the Grenadines 4 August 1981
Samoa 25 September 1992
San Marino  
Sao Tome and Principe31 October 1995 
Saudi Arabia7 September 20007 September 20004
Senegal29 July 19805 February 1985
Seychelles 5 May 1992
Sierra Leone21 September 198811 November 1988
Singapore 5 October 199511
Slovakia  28 May 1993
Slovenia 6 July 1992
Solomon Islands 6 May 2002
Somalia  
South Africa29 January 199315 December 1995
Spain17 July 19805 January 19845
Sri Lanka17 July 19805 October 1981
Sudan  
Suriname 1 March 1993
Sweden7 March 19802 July 1980
Switzerland23 January 198727 March 19972, 6, 12
Syrian Arab Republic  
Tajikistan 26 October 1993
Thailand 9 August 1985 10
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 18 January 1994
Togo 26 September 1983
Tonga  
Trinidad and Tobago27 June 198512 January 1990
Tunisia24 July 198020 September 198510
Turkey 20 December 1985
Turkmenistan 1 May 1997
Tuvalu 6 October 1999
Uganda30 July 198022 July 1985
Ukraine17 July 198012 March 1981
United Arab Emirates  
UK & Northern Ireland22 July 19817 April 1986
United Republic of Tanzania17 July 198020 August 1985

United States
of America

17 July 1980 
Uruguay30 March 19819 October 1981
Uzbekistan 19 July 1995
Vanuatu 8 September 1995
Venezuela17 July 19802 May 1983
Viet Nam29 July 198017 February 1982
Yemen / 30 May 1984
Yugoslavia 12 March 2001
Zambia17 July 198021 June 1985
Zimbabwe 13 May 1991
1But man still dominates in terms of family/marriage laws
2Restrictions on women in military
3Nationality of children still depends on father's
4Will ignore anything it deems to contradict Sharia
5King will still be a male.
6Family name will still be that of the husband.
7The convention is not binding on religious groups.
8Can ban women from some occupations for health reasons.
10Man really dominates in terms of family/marriage laws.
11Will ignore things which violate religious or personal laws or anything else.
12Will allow different rules in civil matters for married women.

Information obtained from the United NationsDivision for the Advancement of Women

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