Our work Research Library The State of the Women's NGO Sector - CEDAW Shadow Report 2008 This Shadow Report focuses on the relationship between the UK government, and its commitments and obligations under the Convention, and the women’s NGO sector. Women’s NGOs are key actors in eliminating discrimination against women and promotinggender equality. Women’s NGOs are essential to the implementation of the Convention, in boththeir front-line work and through their campaigning and lobbying activism, and have madesignificant contributions to changing and transforming legislation, policy and public perceptions.Advocating on behalf of service users remains an important function of the women’s sector.With low levels of representation of women in public life, the women’s NGO sector is one of themain mechanisms by which women’s needs, experiences and aspirations are voiced toGovernment. However, women’s NGOs are facing the worst funding crisis in recent history andthe sector’s sustainability is seriously undermined. The intention of this Shadow Report is to bring the key issues affecting the women’s NGOsector to the attention of CEDAW. READ IT HERE What is CEDAW?