Inconsistent Concerns: The CEDAW Committee’s Differential Treatment of States Parties Regarding Article 6By: Devyn Hébert
The Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (“CEDAW”) was adopted by the United Nations (“UN”) General Assembly in 1979. The language surrounding prostitution remains vague as the Convention merely creates obligations surrounding the exploitation of prostitution. In its review of Member States’ submissions regarding CEDAW compliance, the Committee has specified neither which ideological position nor which legal regime it supports. Rather, the Committee makes recommendations tailored to each specific country and its legal regime. An interesting tension arises in these reports: the concerns and recommendations are not consistent between Member States employing the same legal regime.