List of parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

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The list of parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women encompasses the states who have signed and ratified or acceded to the international agreement to prevent discrimination against women.

On December 18, 1979, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was opened for signature. Sweden became the first state to deposit the treaty on July 2, 1980. The treaty came into force and closed for signature on September 3, 1981 with the ratification of 20 states. Since then, states that did not sign the treaty can now only accede to it. The instrument of ratification, accession, or succession is deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

As of April 2014, 188 states have ratified or acceded to the treaty, most recently the State of Palestine on April 2, 2014.[1] In addition, the United States and Palau[2] have signed but not ratified the treaty. The Republic of China (Taiwan) has also ratified the treaty in its legislature, but is unrecognized by the United Nations and is a party to the treaty only unofficially.

Ratified or acceded states[edit]

State Signed Deposited Method
 Afghanistan Aug 14, 1980 Mar 5, 2003 Ratification
 Albania May 11, 1994 Accession
 Algeria May 22, 1996 Accession
 Andorra Jan 15, 1997 Accession
 Angola Sep 17, 1986 Accession
 Antigua and Barbuda Aug 1, 1989 Accession
 Argentina Jul 17, 1980 Jul 15, 1985 Ratification
 Armenia Sep 13, 1993 Accession
 Australia Jul 17, 1980 Jul 28, 1983 Ratification
 Austria Aug 17, 1983 Mar 31, 1982 Ratification
 Azerbaijan Jul 10, 1995 Accession
 Bahamas Oct 6, 1993 Accession
 Bahrain Jun 18, 2002 Accession
 Bangladesh Nov 6, 1984 Accession
 Barbados Jul 24, 1980 Oct 16, 1980 Ratification
 Belarus Jul 17, 1980 Feb 4, 1981 Ratification as  Byelorussian SSR
 Belgium Jul 17, 1980 Jul 10, 1985 Ratification
 Belize Mar 7, 1990 May 16, 1990 Ratification
 Benin Nov 11, 1981 Mar 12, 1992 Ratification
 Bhutan Jul 17, 1980 Aug 31, 1981 Ratification
 Bolivia May 30, 1980 Jun 8, 1990 Ratification
 Bosnia and Herzegovina Sep 1, 1993 Succession from  Yugoslavia
 Botswana Aug 13, 1996 Accession
 Brazil Mar 31, 1981 Feb 1, 1984 Ratification
 Brunei May 24, 2006 Accession
 Bulgaria Jul 17, 1980 Feb 8, 1982 Ratification
 Burkina Faso Oct 14, 1987 Accession
 Burma Jul 22, 1997 Accession
 Burundi Jul 17, 1980 Jan 8, 1992 Ratification
 Cambodia Oct 17, 1980 Oct 15, 1992 Ratification as Cambodia People's Republic of Kampuchea
 Cameroon Jun 6, 1983 Aug 23, 1994 Ratification
 Canada Jul 17, 1980 Dec 10, 1981 Ratification
 Cape Verde Dec 5, 1980 Accession
 Central African Republic Jun 21, 1991 Accession
 Chad Jun 9, 1995 Accession
 Chile Jul 17, 1980 Dec 7, 1989 Ratification
 China Jul 17, 1980 Nov 4, 1980 Ratification
 Colombia Jul 17, 1980 Jan 19, 1982 Ratification
 Comoros Oct 31, 1994 Accession
 Congo Jul 29, 1980 Jul 26, 1982 Ratification
 Cook Islands Aug 11, 2006 Accession
 Costa Rica Jul 17, 1980 Apr 4, 1986 Ratification
 Ivory Coast Jul 17, 1980 Dec 18, 1995 Ratification
 Croatia Sep 9, 1992 Succession from  Yugoslavia
 Cuba Mar 6, 1980 Jul 17, 1980 Ratification
 Cyprus Jul 23, 1985 Accession
 Czech Republic Feb 22, 1993 Succession from  Czechoslovakia
Signed July 17, 1980
Ratified February 16, 1982
 Democratic Republic of the Congo Jul 17, 1980 Oct 17, 1986 Ratification as  Zaire
 Denmark Jul 17, 1980 Apr 21, 1983 Ratification
 Djibouti Dec 2, 1998 Accession
 Dominica Sep 15, 1980 Sep 15, 1980 Ratification
 Dominican Republic Jul 17, 1980 Sep 2, 1982 Ratification
 Ecuador Jul 17, 1980 Nov 9, 1981 Ratification
 Egypt Jul 16, 1980 Sep 18, 1981 Ratification
 El Salvador Nov 14, 1980 Aug 19, 1981 Ratification
 Equatorial Guinea Oct 23, 1984 Accession
 Eritrea Sep 5, 1995 Accession
 Estonia Oct 21, 1991 Accession
 Ethiopia Jul 8, 1980 Sep 10, 1981 Ratification
 F.S. Micronesia Sep 1, 2004 Accession
 Fiji Aug 28, 1995 Accession
 Finland Jul 17, 1980 Sep 4, 1986 Ratification
 France Jul 17, 1980 Dec 14, 1983 Ratification
 Gabon Jul 17, 1980 Jan 21, 1983 Ratification
 Gambia Jul 29, 1980 Apr 16, 1993 Ratification
 Georgia Oct 26, 1994 Accession
 Germany Jul 17, 1980 Jul 10, 1985 Ratification as  West Germany
Also  East Germany

Signed June 25, 1980
Ratified July 9, 1980

 Ghana Jul 17, 1980 Jan 2, 1986 Ratification
 Greece Mar 2, 1982 Jun 7, 1983 Ratification
 Grenada Jul 17, 1980 Aug 30, 1990 Ratification
 Guatemala Jun 8, 1981 Aug 12, 1982 Ratification
 Guinea Jul 17, 1980 Aug 9, 1982 Ratification
 Guinea-Bissau Jul 17, 1980 Aug 23, 1985 Ratification
 Guyana Jul 17, 1980 Jul 17, 1980 Ratification
 Haiti Jul 17, 1980 Jul 20, 1981 Ratification
 Honduras Jun 11, 1980 Mar 3, 1983 Ratification
 Hungary Jun 6, 1980 Dec 22, 1980 Ratification
 Iceland Jul 24, 1980 Jun 18, 1985 Ratification
 India Jul 30, 1980 Jul 9, 1993 Ratification
 Indonesia Jul 29, 1980 Sep 13, 1984 Ratification
 Iraq Aug 13, 1986 Accession
 Ireland Dec 23, 1985 Accession
 Israel Jul 17, 1980 Oct 3, 1991 Ratification
 Italy Jul 17, 1980 Jun 10, 1985 Ratification
 Jamaica Jul 17, 1980 Oct 19, 1984 Ratification
 Japan Jul 17, 1980 Jun 25, 1985 Ratification
 Jordan Dec 3, 1980 Jul 1, 1992 Ratification
 Kazakhstan Aug 26, 1998 Accession
 Kenya Mar 9, 1984 Accession
 Kiribati Mar 17, 2004 Accession
 Kuwait Sep 2, 1994 Accession
 Kyrgyzstan Feb 10, 1997 Accession
 Laos Jul 17, 1980 Aug 14, 1981 Ratification
 Latvia Apr 14, 1992 Accession
 Lebanon Apr 16, 1997 Accession
 Lesotho Jul 17, 1980 Aug 22, 1995 Ratification
 Liberia Jul 17, 1984 Accession
 Libya May 16, 1989 Accession
 Liechtenstein Dec 22, 1995 Accession
 Lithuania Jan 18, 1994 Accession
 Luxembourg Jul 17, 1980 Feb 2, 1989 Ratification
 Madagascar Jul 17, 1980 Mar 17, 1989 Ratification
 Malawi Mar 12, 1987 Accession
 Malaysia Jul 5, 1995 Accession
 Maldives Jul 1, 1993 Accession
 Mali Feb 5, 1985 Sep 10, 1985 Ratification
 Malta Mar 8, 1991 Accession
 Marshall Islands Mar 2, 2006 Accession
 Mauritania May 10, 2001 Accession
 Mauritius Jul 9, 1984 Accession
 Mexico Jul 17, 1980 Mar 23, 1981 Ratification
 Moldova Jul 1, 1994 Accession
 Monaco Mar 18, 2005 Accession
 Mongolia Jul 17, 1980 Jul 20, 1981 Ratification
 Montenegro Oct 23, 2006 Succession from  Serbia and Montenegro
 Morocco Jun 21, 1993 Accession
 Mozambique Apr 21, 1997 Accession
 Namibia Nov 23, 1992 Accession
 Nauru Jun 23, 2011 Accession
   Nepal Feb 5, 1991 Apr 22, 1991 Ratification
 Netherlands Jul 17, 1980 Jul 23, 1991 Ratification
 New Zealand Jul 17, 1980 Jan 10, 1985 Ratification,
includes  Cook Islands
and  Niue
 Nicaragua Jul 17, 1980 Oct 27, 1981 Ratification
 Niger Oct 8, 1999 Accession
 Nigeria Apr 23, 1984 Jun 13, 1985 Ratification
 North Korea Feb 27, 2001 Accession
 Norway Jul 17, 1980 May 21, 1981 Ratification
 Oman Feb 7, 2006 Accession
 Pakistan Mar 12, 1996 Accession
 Palestine Apr 2, 2014 Accession
 Panama Jun 26, 1980 Oct 29, 1981 Ratification
 Papua New Guinea Jan 12, 1995 Accession
 Paraguay Apr 6, 1987 Accession
 Peru Jul 23, 1981 Sep 13, 1982 Ratification
 Philippines Jul 15, 1980 Aug 5, 1981 Ratification
 Poland May 29, 1980 Jul 30, 1980 Ratification
 Portugal Apr 24, 1980 Jul 30, 1980 Ratification
 Qatar Apr 29, 2009 Accession
 Macedonia Jan 18, 1994 Succession from  Yugoslavia
 Romania Sep 4, 1980 Jan 7, 1982 Ratification
 Russia Jul 17, 1980 Jan 23, 1981 Ratification as  Soviet Union
 Rwanda May 1, 1980 Mar 2, 1981 Ratification
 Saint Kitts and Nevis Apr 25, 1985 Accession
 Saint Lucia Oct 8, 1982 Accession
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Aug 4, 1981 Accession
 Samoa Sep 25, 1992 Accession
 San Marino Sep 26, 2003 Dec 10, 2003 Ratification
 São Tomé and Príncipe Oct 31, 1995 Jun 3, 2003 Ratification
 Saudi Arabia Sep 7, 2000 Sep 7, 2000 Ratification
 Senegal Jul 29, 1980 Feb 5, 1985 Ratification
 Serbia Mar 12, 2001 Succession from  Yugoslavia
Signed July 17, 1980
Ratified February 26, 1982
 Seychelles May 5, 1992 Accession
 Sierra Leone Sep 21, 1988 Nov 11, 1988 Ratification
 Singapore Oct 5, 1995 Accession
 Slovakia May 28, 1993 Succession from  Czechoslovakia
Signed July 17, 1980
Ratified February 16, 1982
 Slovenia Jul 6, 1992 Succession from  Yugoslavia
 Solomon Islands May 6, 2002 Accession
 South Africa Jan 29, 1993 Dec 15, 1995 Ratification
 South Korea May 25, 1983 Dec 27, 1984 Ratification
 Spain Jul 17, 1980 Jan 5, 1984 Ratification
 Sri Lanka Jul 17, 1980 Oct 5, 1981 Ratification
 Suriname Mar 1, 1993 Accession
 Swaziland Mar 26, 2004 Accession
 Sweden Mar 7, 1980 Jul 2, 1980 Ratification
 Switzerland Jan 23, 1987 Mar 27, 1997 Ratification
 Syria Mar 28, 2003 Accession
 Tajikistan Oct 26, 1993 Accession
 Tanzania Jul 17, 1980 Aug 20, 1985 Ratification
 Thailand Aug 9, 1985 Accession
 Timor-Leste Apr 16, 2003 Accession
 Togo Sep 26, 1983 Accession
 Trinidad and Tobago Jun 27, 1985 Jan 12, 1990 Ratification
 Tunisia Jul 24, 1980 Sep 20, 1985 Ratification
 Turkey Dec 20, 1985 Accession
 Turkmenistan May 1, 1997 Accession
 Tuvalu Oct 6, 1999 Accession
 Uganda Jul 30, 1980 Jul 22, 1985 Ratification
 Ukraine Jul 17, 1980 Mar 12, 1981 Ratification as  Ukrainian SSR
 United Arab Emirates Oct 6, 2004 Accession
 United Kingdom Jul 22, 1981 Apr 7, 1986 Ratification
 Uruguay Mar 30, 1981 Oct 9, 1981 Ratification
 Uzbekistan Jul 19, 1995 Accession
 Vanuatu Sep 8, 1995 Accession
 Venezuela Jul 17, 1980 May 2, 1983 Ratification
 Vietnam Jul 29, 1980 Feb 17, 1982 Ratification
 Yemen May 30, 1984 Accession as  South Yemen
 Zambia Jul 17, 1980 Jun 21, 1985 Ratification
 Zimbabwe May 13, 1991 Accession

Unrecognized states that abide by the treaty[edit]

State Date Method
 Republic of China 2007 Accession

States that have signed but not ratified the treaty[edit]

State Signed
 Palau Sep 20, 2011
 United States Jul 17, 1980

Non-signatory states[edit]

State
 Holy See
 Iran Ratified by the parliament in 2003 and then vetoed by the Guardian Council.[3]
 Somalia
 South Sudan
 Sudan
 Tonga

Note: Niue is a signatory of this convention, signed on behalf by New Zealand as was the Cook Islands, however since then the Cook Islands had acceded to the convention out right.[4]

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