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Criminal justice institutions – Government action

UK Government actions In September 2021, the UK Government published a new policy to support the needs of perinatal women...

Government action

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 30

Government should: in line with advice issued by the UN on gender-based violence: (a) Ratify the Istanbul Convention. (b) Take...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 16

Government should: (a) Change laws in Northern Ireland to ensure women there have the same protections as those elsewhere in...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 18

Government should: Look at how changes to public spending, tax and welfare are affecting women’s rights. They should take urgent...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 20

Government should: Continue to tackle money laundering and tax evasion, particularly in its Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies, and assess...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 22

Government should: (a) Assess the impact of leaving the EU on women's rights, including those in Northern Ireland, and take...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 24

Government should: Ensure that women, particularly women in vulnerable situations such as disabled women, ethnic minority women, asylum-seeking and refugee...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 26

Government should: (a) Strengthen the capacity of the Government Equalities Office so that it can provide national leadership on women's...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 32

Government should: Fully implement its laws on female genital mutilation (FGM) and take further measures to prosecute people who carry...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 12

Government should: Review its reservations to the Convention and consider withdrawing them. The Committee reiterates its previous recommendation that the...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 34

Government should: (a) Adopt in law the internationally agreed definition of human trafficking, as set out in the Palermo Protocol;...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 36

Government should: (a) Ensure that vulnerable women can access employment opportunities, housing and social security so they don't need to...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 40

Government should: In line with advice issued by the UN on women in conflict and post-conflict situations: a) Address obstacles...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 46

Government should: (a) Ensure that affordable and accessible childcare is available throughout the UK, particularly in Northern Ireland. (b) Consider...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 48

Government should: Implement the Committee's previous recommendations on abortion law in Northern Ireland, in line with provisions in the Good...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 50

Government should: Implement programmes and policies that provide effective access to healthcare for women from marginalised groups, particularly asylum-seeking and...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 14

Government should: Make CEDAW part of UK and devolved law without delay to ensure all women in the UK are...

UN recommendation

ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 17

Government should: Urgently amend abortion laws in Northern Ireland. Extend exceptions to the abortion ban to include cases of rape,...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 54

Government should: in line with advice issued by the UN on the rights of rural women: (a) Take action to...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 65

Government should: Increase the availability of high-quality data disaggregated by: income, sex, age, gender, race, ethnic origin, migrant, asylum-seeking and...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 66

Government should: Submit its next report to the Committee in March 2023, following the harmonised guidelines on reporting under international...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 11

Government should: (a) Fund disabled people's organisations and involve them in planning and implementing all laws affecting disabled people (including...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 13

Government should: Amend its abortion law. Guarantee women's right to reproductive and sexual autonomy without legalising selective abortion due to...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 15

Government should: Legally protect people from multiple and intersectional discrimination, including on the grounds of migrant, refugee or other status....

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 19

Government should: Embed the rights of disabled women and girls into disability and gender equality policies. Fully consult on this...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 39

Government should: work with disabled people's organisations to: (a) Ensure disabled people (particularly women, children, intersex people and older people)...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 19

Government should: Use all available resources to make economic, social and cultural rights a reality for everyone. In line with...

UN recommendation

ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 13

Government should: Take action to tackle violence against women, including domestic violence and sexual abuse, by: (a) prioritising introducing domestic...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 27

Government should: (a) Increase the number of women in decision-making roles, in public and private sectors. (b) End the gender...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 28

Government should: Consider UN advice on the equal right of men and women to economic, social and cultural rights. The...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 41

Government should: (a) Review conditions attached to social security benefits. Reverse the cuts introduced by the Welfare Reform Act 2012...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 46

Government should: Provide information on the impact of the national strategy on gender-based violence (particularly with regard to violence against...

UN recommendation

ICESCR concluding observations 2016, paragraph 62

Government should: Amend abortion laws in Northern Ireland in line with women's rights to health, life and dignity. Consider UN...

UN recommendation

ICCPR concluding observations 2015, paragraph 12

Government should: Increase efforts towards equal representation for women in the civil service and the judiciary. Implement the recommendations of...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 52

Government should: (a) Ensure that women in abusive situations can receive payments under Universal Credit independent of their partners. (b)...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 56

Government should: in line with advice issued by the UN on women's asylum, nationality and statelessness issues: (a) Introduce a...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 44

Government should: (a) Take action to increase the number of women in decision-making roles in the workplace and reduce women's...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.179

Government should: Take further action to end discrimination against women in the labour market. Take necessary measures to eliminate discriminatory...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.170

Government should: Ensure the abortion law in Northern Ireland is in line with international human rights law. Decriminalise abortion and...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.171

Government should: Provide reproductive health care for all women and girls, in line with CEDAW. Government should: Provide reproductive health...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.172

Government should: Ensure the abortion law in Northern Ireland is in line with international human rights law. Decriminalise abortion and...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.173

Government should: Encourage Northern Ireland to align its law on sexual and reproductive health services and rights with the rest...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.175

Government should: Follow-up with employers on their reports on gender pay gaps. With regard to the reporting mechanism on the...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.178

Government should: Urgently address gender, racial and ethnic discrimination. Make the CERD part of UK law. Pay priority attention to...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.180

Government should: Do more to tackle violence against women and girls. Exert more efforts to combat or to counter violence...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.145

Government should: Monitor the implementation of the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, including its affect on combating trafficking in women and...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.181

Government should: Adopt laws, especially in Northern Ireland, to tackle domestic violence. Ensure all cases of domestic violence are fully...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.182

Government should: Take a joined-up approach to preventing violence against women and girls, including harmful practices. Ensure a holistic approach...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.183

Government should: Combat violence against women and girls, in particular domestic violence. Combat violence against women and girls, in particular...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.184

Government should: Continue tackling discrimination and violence against women and girls. Continue efforts to combat discrimination on any ground and...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.185

Government should: Continue efforts to tackle domestic violence throughout the UK. Continue its positive efforts to reduce domestic violence throughout...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.187

Government should: Take further action to tackle domestic violence. Take steps to protect children from the negative impacts of domestic...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.220

Government should: Revise laws and policies to protect the human rights of female domestic migrant workers, particularly when their visas...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.144

Government should: Strengthen measures to combat human trafficking (specifically of women and girls), and to support and rehabilitate victims. Strengthen...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 58

Government should: (a) Provide enough resources to effectively implement the Female Offender Strategy for England and Wales and ensure that...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 41

Government should: (a) Urgently implement the Stormont House Agreement, which was adopted by the British and Irish Governments and the...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 60

Government should: (a) Ensure the law provides for 'no-fault' divorce and introduce a requirement that all religious marriages, including Islamic...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 62

Government should: Share the recommendations of the Committee widely across all levels of government and public bodies, as well as...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 63

Governent should: Ratify international human rights instruments it has not yet agreed to be bound by, including the International Convention...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 64

Government should: Provide a written report on the steps it has taken to implement the recommendations in paragrapHs 13, 21(a)...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 61

Government should: Use the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action to help implemement the provisions of CEDAW. The Committee calls...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 19

Government should: (a) Ensure that all cases of violence, including sexual assault, against children in detention are investigated quickly and...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 45

Government should: (a) Take urgent steps to provide redress, including compensation and rehabilitation, for victims identified by the Historical Institution...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.142

Government should: Adopt a comprehensive strategy to combat trafficking in women and girls. Reinforce the National Referral Mechanism to identify...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 47

Government should: Ensure that all women and girls in the UK, including Northern Ireland, can access abortions in situations where...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 57

Government should: (a) Take steps to address the low prosecution and conviction rates for domestic abuse and sexual violence. Ensure...

UN recommendation

CAT concluding observations 2019, paragraph 66

Government should: Submit an update to the UN, by 17 May 2020, on progress made in implementing the Committee against...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.45

Government should: Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ('Istanbul Convention')....

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.138

Government should: Introduce policies to prevent trafficking in women and girls. Guarantee a fair trial to victims of trafficking. Adopt...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.139

Government should: Put the victims at the heart of its strategy to combat human trafficking (especially of women and girls)....

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 65

Government should: Submit its next report to the Committee in March 2023, following the harmonised guidelines on reporting under international...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 42

Government should: (a) Do more to encourage girls to study non-traditional subjects and courses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics;...

UN recommendation

Immigration – Government action

UK Government actions In July 2021, the UK Government introduced a Nationality and Borders Bill with the stated aims of...

Government action

Social security (welfare benefits) – UK Government assessment

Several permanent welfare reforms introduced by the UK Government, including the two-child limit, have adversely affected the enjoyment of human...

Progress assessment No progress

Adequate standard of living and poverty – Welsh Government assessment

Wales has the highest levels of poverty in the UK, with no significant improvements in people’s outcomes over recent years....

Progress assessment Regression

Just and fair conditions at work – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has made commitments to ensure fair conditions at work, including to tackle sexual harassment. However, it has...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Just and fair conditions at work – Welsh Government assessment

Employment is mainly a reserved issue, which limits the action that the Welsh Government can take. The Welsh Government has...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Access to healthcare – UK Government assessment

Record NHS waiting lists and worsening waiting times before the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic have limited access to healthcare. There is...

Progress assessment No progress

Access to employment – UK Government assessment

In recent years, the employment rate has increased overall, employment rates have improved for some, but not all, ethnic groups,...

Progress assessment Moderate progress

Access to employment – Welsh Government assessment

Employment is mainly a reserved issue, which limits the action that the Welsh Government can take. The employment rate in...

Progress assessment Moderate progress

Human rights education, trainings and awareness raising – Welsh Government assessment

There have been a number of positive legislative and policy changes to increase education and awareness of the UN Convention...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Violence against women and girls – UK Government assessment

There have been important recent reforms to strengthen the policy and legal framework, and it will take time for their...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Family life, and rest, leisure and cultural activities – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has introduced some positive reforms in relation to family life, including action to tackle child marriage and...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Violence, abuse and neglect, and child sexual exploitation – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has taken some policy and legislative steps to address aspects of violence, abuse and neglect, including its...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Policing – UK Government assessment

Policing in England and Wales has contributed to a regression in human rights protection for certain groups. Though there is...

Progress assessment Regression

Reproductive and sexual health – UK Government assessment

Funding cuts to the public health grant have affected sexual and reproductive health budgets, access to services across England varies,...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Reproductive and sexual health – Welsh Government assessment

The Welsh Government has legislated to make it mandatory for all school children aged 5–16 to learn about sexual and...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Harassment and bullying in schools – UK Government assessment

The UK Government’s new relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education guidance is welcome, as is action taken in...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Violence against women and girls – Welsh Government assessment

The introduction of the Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence (Wales) Act 2015 (the VAWDASV Act) and the...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Mental health detention – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has committed to introducing a new Mental Health Bill and implementing new laws to prevent the use...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Harassment and bullying in schools – Welsh Government assessment

The Welsh Government has legislated to make relationships and sexuality education a statutory component of the new curriculum – ensuring...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Occupational segregation – Government action

UK Government actions In March 2021, as part of its Build Back Better plan for growth and 2021 Budget, the...

Government action

Mental health detention – Government action

UK Government actions In September 2021, Public Health England published updated guidance on preventing the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in...

Government action

Violence against women and girls – Government action

UK Government actions In July 2021, the UK Government published its new ‘Tackling violence against women and girls strategy’ for...

Government action

Just and fair conditions at work – Government action

UK Government actions In July 2021, the UK Government responded to the Women and Equalities Select Committee consultation on sexual...

Government action

Access to employment – Government action

UK Government actions In July 2021, the UK Government published the National Disability Strategy, which included plans to reduce the...

Government action

Social security (welfare benefits) – Government action

UK Government actions In March 2021, regulations were passed to introduce a new ‘multi-channel approach to health assessments’ for a...

Government action

Reproductive and sexual health – Government action

UK Government actions In December 2020, NHS England published revised guidance on visitor restrictions in maternity units during the coronavirus...

Government action

Institutional, policy and economic frameworks – Government action

UK Government actions In its March 2021 budget, the UK Government announced measures to address regional inequalities, including the Levelling...

Government action

Immigration – UK Government assessment

The implementation of ‘hostile environment’ immigration policies marked a reduction in human rights protections and court cases have found failures...

Progress assessment Regression

Data collection and recording – Government action

UK Government actions In March 2021, the census for England and Wales was carried out, on a ‘digital-first’ basis. The...

Government action

Harassment and bullying in schools – Government action

UK Government actions In July 2021, the UK Government published a revised draft of its statutory guidance for schools, ‘Keeping...

Government action

Equality and human rights legal framework – Government action

UK Government actions: In September 2022, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy introduced the Retained EU Law (Revocation...

Government action

Mental health – Government action

UK Government actions: In June 2022, the UK Government published a draft Mental Health Bill for pre-legislative scrutiny. This aims...

Government action

Health outcomes and experience in the healthcare system – Government action

UK Government actions: In August 2022, the UK Government published its Women’s Health Strategy for England, detailing ambitions for improvements...

Government action

Criminal justice institutions – UK Government assessment

Limited time out of cells, overcrowding, poor conditions, use of force, solitary confinement and self-harm in prisons are commonplace and,...

Progress assessment Regression

Institutional, policy and economic frameworks – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has taken some action aimed at strengthening institutional, policy and economic frameworks related to human rights and...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Violence, abuse and neglect, and child sexual exploitation – Welsh Government assessment

The Welsh Government has taken some positive policy and legislative steps, including a range of actions to address childhood adversity....

Progress assessment Limited progress

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 38

Government should: Take specific steps to increase the numbers of women in general, and ethnic minority women and disabled women...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.48

Government should: Make the necessary changes to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women...

UN recommendation

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 83

Government should: (a) Ensure all under 18s are protected from prostitution, pornography and trafficking. Ensure UK laws can also be...

UN recommendation

CERD concluding observations 2016, paragraph 8

Government should: make CERD part of UK and devolved law, and: (a) Ensure caste-based discrimination is banned by immediately bringing...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.1

Government should: Consider allowing people who feel their rights have been breached to take complaints to the UN by ratifying...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.43

Government should: Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ('Istanbul Convention')....

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.44

Government should: Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ('Istanbul Convention')....

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.47

Government should: Ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence ('Istanbul Convention')....

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.83

Government should: Enforce laws on equality and non-discrimination and end prejudice, xenophobia and violence against women and girls. Ensure equality...

UN recommendation

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraphs 47

Government should: (a) In line with UN advice on harmful practices, ensure that marriage of 16 and 17-year-olds is based...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.176

Government should: Tackle discrimination against women, particularly in the labour market, and the gender pay gap. Address the problem of...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.177

Government should: Tackle long-standing discrimination against women in political, economic and social settings, particularly regarding the gender pay gap and...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.186

Government should: Tackle violence against women. Take further action to combat sexual exploitation and sexual crimes against children. Effectively fight...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 41

Government should: Reverse all laws and practices allowing any form of forced medical care or surgery. Ensure disabled people (especially...

UN recommendation

CRPD concluding observations 2017, paragraph 55

Government should work with disabled people's organisations to: (a) Develop a fully-funded action plan to improve disabled people’s access to...

UN recommendation

CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 28

Government should: Engage with the media to eliminate images that stereotype or objectify women, take steps to end negative gender...

UN recommendation

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraphs 65

Government should: (a) Put in place a comprehensive sexual and reproductive health policy for adolescents, focusing on improving equality and...

UN recommendation

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 43

Government should: (a) Revise the Children and Young Persons Act (1933) to protect all under 18s from abuse and neglect...

UN recommendation

Occupational segregation – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has introduced some measures to increase the employment of certain protected characteristic groups, including in specific sectors,...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Educational attainment – Welsh Government assessment

Measuring changes in attainment is difficult due to the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on forms of assessment and...

Progress assessment No progress

Mental health – Welsh Government assessment

The Welsh Government has developed policy measures and provided investment to improve mental health outcomes. However, there are shortfalls in...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Educational attainment – UK Government assessment

In England, measuring changes in attainment is difficult due to GCSE and A level reforms over recent years and the...

Progress assessment No progress

Human trafficking and modern slavery – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has taken important steps to eradicate, and enhance understanding of, modern slavery and trafficking, such as working...

Progress assessment Limited progress

School exclusions and managing ‘challenging behaviour’ – Welsh Government assessment

While the Welsh Government has updated its guidance on the procedures for school exclusion, there have been no significant legal...

Progress assessment No progress

Youth justice – UK Government assessment

We welcome the reduction in the number of children in custody in recent years, a trend that accelerated following the...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Political and civic participation, including political representation – Welsh Government assessment

There have been changes to the policy and legal framework to increase political participation and improve the diversity of political...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Equality and human rights legal framework – Welsh Government assessment

The Welsh Government has committed to strengthen the equality and human rights legal framework, including by considering the incorporation of...

Progress assessment Limited progress

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 38

Government should: (a) Ban non-statutory stop-and-search checks against children. (b) Ensure statutory stop-and-search checks are proportionate (considering the age and...

UN recommendation

Equality and human rights legal framework – UK Government assessment

The UK Government has rejected several recommendations to strengthen equality and human rights legislation, including introducing the Socio-economic Duty in...

Progress assessment Regression

Health outcomes and experience in the healthcare system – UK Government assessment

The UK Government set out a number of actions to reduce health inequalities and improve outcomes in the NHS Long...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Hate crime and hate speech – UK Government assessment

The number of recorded hate crimes increased between March 2021 and March 2022, although data has been affected by improvements...

Progress assessment Limited progress

Political and civic participation, including political representation – UK Government assessment

Women, ethnic minorities and disabled people remain under-represented in politics, and diversity data is inadequate, although the number of women...

Progress assessment No progress

International cooperation, including with human rights mechanisms – UK Government assessment

The UK Government’s actions to seek re-election to the UN Human Rights Council indicate a continued commitment to human rights...

Progress assessment No progress

CRC concluding observations 2016, paragraph 20

Government should: Raise the minimum age of marriage to 18 years across all devolved administrations and overseas territories. The Committee...

UN recommendation

UPR recommendations 2017, paragraph 134.188

Government should: Strengthen laws in relation to forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Strengthen its legislative framework by including penal...

UN recommendation