Nearly twenty years have passed since the entry into force of the

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against

Women (The Convention). Heralded as the most progressive international

instrument on women's rights, the Convention drew worldwide attention

to a long-neglected area within the human rights movement. Parting

strategies with previous international instruments of general human rights

protection, the Convention envisioned a broader notion of equality

between the sexes, beyond the norm of anti-differentiation. It aspired to

eliminate the subordination of women in political, economic, legal, and

cultural spheres, and obliged states to craft systemic responses to ensure

that equality.