Author: Rangita de Silva-de Alwis

Year Published: 2005


The paper examines the linkages between children’s and women’s rights in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention Against the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The paper demonstrates how reading these conventions together can enrich the promotion and protection of children’s and women’s rights in three major ways. First, the provisions of the CRC and CEDAW overlap in many areas; thus, reading them together enables a more comprehensive human rights based approach that takes into account specific vulnerabilities based on both age and gender. Second, in some instances, one convention addresses an issue of concern to children or women where the other convention is silent. Third, in many instances, protection of women’s rights is important for the achievement of children’s rights and, conversely, protection of children’s rights is important for the achievement of women’s rights. Consequently, the two conventions are both mutually reinforcing and complementary.

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