On 14 October 2013, France lifted its last reservations to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).
France had ratified the Convention in December 1983 with reservations. These reservations concerned in particular the transmission of the family name to children. They were lifted in the context of the “marriage for all” law which gives equal rights to both parents in choosing the name of the child.
At a ceremony in New York, the French Minister of Women’s Rights and the Government Spokesperson, Mrs. Najat Belkacem-Vallaud, presented to the UN office of Legal Affairs the official letter of the French Government lifting these reservations.
Following the ceremony, the Minister said that even though the decision was mainly symbolic for France, which already implements the Convention, she wanted it to have a strong impact on other countries and encourage them to lift their reservations.