ISLAMABAD The Ministry of Women Development is all set to present the fourth periodic report on Convention on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) implementation to UN as the Prime Minister and cabinet have approved it. The periodic report on CEDAW implementation has been approved by the Prime Minister currently it has been finalised to submit it to UN CEDAW Committee. The report has gone through a review in consultations at federal and provincial levels. Ministry of Women Development is responsible for the preparation of CEDAW Country Report, in consultation with all the stakeholders on the basis of information/data, collected from all the ministries and departments. Its important to mention that the CEDAW, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. CEDAW legally binds every signatory country to implement its provisions. After signing, each country must submit an initial report with a detailed and comprehensive description of the state of its women. The fourth periodic report covers the period from January 2005 to 2009 and is due this year, whereas, the combined initial, second and third report was submitted in June 2005 which covered the period from 1997 to December, 2004. The fourth periodic report has two sections. First section is a response to the comments of the CEDAW committee on the combined initial, second and third report and the second section cover the achievements of the government against the Articles of the Convention. Accordingly, and in line with the harmonised guidelines, the ministry printed and disseminated the Expert Committees Concluding Comments along with the Combined Initial, Second and Third Report, amongst all the public-sector ministries and organisations, civil society organisations and media and held press conferences on the concluding observations and the experiences with the UN CEDAW Expert Committee in May 2007. Then it designed sectoral matrix on the concluding comments of the UN CEDAW Committee on the combined initial, second and third reports and circulated amongst the key line ministries and provincial departments, to solicit information and data, on the concluding observations and on updated information on initiatives for gender equality and womens empowerment. The matrix also solicited information on institutional, legal and administrative measures newly initiated and/or planned by the government from January 2005 to January 2009. The ministry has conducted consultative meetings with federal ministries and divisions, provincial departments, civil society organisations and other organisations to collect information for the report according to the designed matrix. The Standing Committee of the National Assembly on Women Development has also reviewed the report in its meeting held in April 2009.