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CEDAW, UN Convention on Women’s Rights

United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women 

The UN CEDAW (in full: Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women) is the most important instrument in international law ensuring human rights for women. It obliges states that are party to the convention to uphold the equality of women and girls in all areas of life, and it expressly includes the private sphere. The state is not permitted to contravene this principle of equality. Furthermore, it is obliged to actively adopt policies that eliminate discrimination against women and promote de facto equal...


Consultation rooms in hospitals (Afghanistan)

Sheltered place for confidential conversation and trauma-sensitive treatment of female patients

Doctors and nurses have been further assisted in their efforts to adopt a trauma-sensitive way of treating their female patients by the establishment of dedicated consultation rooms in three hospitals in Kabul and Heart. This was a result of Medica Afghanistan’s efforts and provides a sheltered place they can withdraw to for a confidential conversation with their patients. This is especially necessary because female patients are often accompanied to hospital by their families, making it impossible to have a private conversation at the hospital...