The right to equality: the status of CEDAW’s implementation in Germany

Germany will be reporting to the United Nations on how far they have come in the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women on 2-6 March 2020. This is the shadow report to the Government’s report, created by civil society. It sets out to address, and add to the country report, the realities on the ground regarding:

  • Shaping a gender-equitable digital transformation
  • Countering antidemocratic movements
  • Stereotypes, education, participation
  • Institutional mechanisms
  • Employment
  • Violence against girls* and women*
  • Health
  • International relations

Shadow reports are created by civil society and are used by the CEDAW Committee, who looks at both the report from the Member State and civil society, to paint the whole picture of women’s rights in a country. They are incredibly useful as sometimes issues of high importance are omitted in the government’s report. Civil society organisations also work close to the people on the ground and as such often have unique expertise on the actual implementation and status of women’s rights and gender equality in a country.


Aktion Pink Deutschland e. V.
Anwältinnen ohne Grenzen e. V. (Lawyer Women Without Frontiers)
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Sozialdemokratischer Frauen
Arbeitskreis Frauengesundheit in Medizin, Psychotherapie und Gesellschaft e. V.
BAG der kommunalen Frauenbüros und Gleichstellungsstellen
bff: Bundesverband Frauenberatungsstellen und Frauennotrufe – Frauen gegen Gewalt e.V. Bundesverband der Mütterzentren e. V. (Federation of Mother Centers)
Bundesverband Trans* e. V.
Business and Professional Women (BPW) Germany e. V.
DaMigra e. V. – Dachverband der Migrantinnenorganisationen (Umbrella Association of Migrant Women Organizations)
Deutscher Frauenrat e. V. (National Council of German Women’s Organizations)
Deutscher Frauenring e. V.
Deutscher Gewerkschaftsbund (German Trade Union Confederation)
Discover Football/ Fußball und Begegnung e. V.
Frauenhauskoordinierung e. V. (Association of Women’s Shelters)
GenderCC Women for Climate Justice e. V.
GMEI – Gender Mainstreaming Experts International
Intersexuelle Menschen e. V.
JUMEN e. V. – Juristische Menschenrechtsarbeit in Deutschland
KOK – Bundesweiter Koordinierungskreis gegen Menschenhandel e. V (German NGO Network against Trafficking in Human Beings)
Marie-Schlei-Verein e. V. (women for development cooperation)
Plan International Deutschland e. V.
Politischer Runder Tisch Frauen der Stadt Magdeburg
pro familia Bundesverband e. V. (central branch)
pro familia Landesverband Berlin e. V. (regional association Berlin)
UN Women Nationales Komitee Deutschland e. V. (UN Women Germany)
Verband berufstätiger Mütter e. V.
Verein der in der DDR geschiedenen Frauen e. V. (Association of Women Divorced in the GDR) Weibernetz e. V.
Women Engage for a Common Future e. V.
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