When it examines a state, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee), makes a number of concluding observations which outline how the state can improve its implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
In July 2013, the CEDAW Committee raised concerns and issued concluding observations (recommendations) about many issues in the UK, including:
- ensuring that women can access courts effectively
- ratifying the Istanbul Convention
- making forced marriage a criminal offence
- adopting a comprehensive national action plan to tackle trafficking in women and girls
- improving mental health care in all prisons
- taking steps to end occupational segregation and reducing the gender pay gap.
The EHRC developed a publication with the National Alliance of Women's Organisations (NAWO) which sets out these concluding observations and their context in the UK.