Opened for signature and ratification by General Assembly resolution
640(VII)
of 20 December 1952
entry into force 7 July 1954, in accordance with article VI
The Contracting Parties,
Desiring to implement the principle of equality of rights for men and women
contained in the Charter of the United Nations,
Recognizing that everyone has the right to take part in the government of his
country directly or indirectly through freely chosen representatives, and has
the right to equal access to public service in his country, and desiring to
equalize the status of men and women in the enjoyment and exercise of
political rights, in accordance with the provisions of the Charter of the United
Nations and of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
Having resolved to conclude a Convention for this purpose,
Hereby agree as hereinafter provided:
Article I
Women shall be entitled to vote in all elections on equal terms with men,
without any discrimination.
Article II
Women shall be eligible for election to all publicly elected bodies, established
by national law, on equal terms with men, without any discrimination.
Article III
Women shall be entitled to hold public office and to exercise all public
functions, established by national law, on equal terms with men, without any
discrimination.
Article IV
1. This Convention shall be open for signature on behalf of any Member of the
United Nations and also on behalf of any other State to which an invitation
has been addressed by the General Assembly.
2. This Convention shall be ratified and the instruments of ratification shall be
deposited with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Article V
1. This Convention shall be open for accession to all States referred to in
paragraph 1 of article IV.
2. Accession shall be effected by the deposit of an instrument of accession
with the Secretary-General of the United Nations.
Article VI
1. This Convention shall come into force on the ninetieth day following the
date of deposit of the sixth instrument of ratification or accession.
2. For each State ratifying or acceding to the Convention after the deposit of
the sixth instrument of ratification or accession the Convention shall enter
into force on the ninetieth day after deposit by such State of its instrument of
ratification or accession.
Article VII
In the event that any State submits a reservation to any of the articles of this
Convention at the time of signature, ratification or accession, the Secretary-
General shall communicate the text of the reservation to all States which are
or may become Parties to this Convention. Any State which objects to the
reservation may, within a period of ninety days from the date of the said
communication (or upon the date of its becoming a Party to the Convention),
notify the Secretary-General that it does not accept it. In such case, the
Convention shall not enter into force as between such State and the State
making the reservation.
Article VIII
1. Any State may denounce this Convention by written notification to the
Secretary-General of the United Nations. Denunciation shall take effect one
year after the date of receipt of the notification by the Secretary-General.
2. This Convention shall cease to be in force as from the date when the
denunciation which reduces the number of Parties to less than six becomes
effective.
Article IX
Any dispute which may arise between any two or more Contracting States
concerning the interpretation or application of this Convention, which is not
settled by negotiation, shall at the request of any one of the parties to the
dispute be referred to the International Court of Justice for decision, unless
they agree to another mode of settlement.
Article X
The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall notify all Members of the
United Nations and the non-member States contemplated in paragraph 1 of
article IV of this Convention of the following:
(a) Signatures and instruments of ratification received in accordance with
article IV;
(b) Instruments of accession received in accordance with article V;
(c) The date upon which this Convention enters into force in accordance with
article VI;
(d) Communications and notifications received in accordance with article VII;
(e) Notifications of denunciation received in accordance with paragraph 1 of
article VIII;
(f) Abrogation in accordance with paragraph 2 of article VIII.
Article XI
1. This Convention, of which the Chinese, English, French, Russian and
Spanish texts shall be equally authentic, shall be deposited in the archives of
the United Nations.
2. The Secretary-General of the United Nations shall transmit a certified copy
to all Members of the United Nations and to the non-member States
contemplated in paragraph 1 of article IV.