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The adoption of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in 1979 was one of the major achievements of the United Nations Decade for Women (1976-85). Following the entry into force of the Convention in 1981, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW or the Committee), the expert body established by the Convention to monitor its implementation, commenced its work in 1982. As of the end of 1988, the Committee had held seven sessions.

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