Update: 28.05.2014

Reservations by Switzerland to the Convention against Discrimination of Women

When ratifying the CEDAW, Switzerland made three reservations, of which two were withdrawn:

  • On 30 October 2013, Switzerland withdrew the reservation concerning article 7 (b): right to to hold public office and perform all public functions at all levels of government (AS 2013 4341 in German / RO 2013 4341 in French)
  • On 21 April 2004, Switzerland withdrew the reservation concerning article 16, paragraph 1 (g) which ensures the same personal rights to husband and wife, including the right to choose a family name (AS 2004 3651 in German / RO 2004 3651 in French)

The only reservation which is still valid is the one concerning article 15, paragraph 2 (equallegal capacity) and article 16 para. 1(h) (equal right to acquisition, ownership, management, administration, enjoyment and disposition of property) According to  several interim provisions of the matrimonial regime (Civil Code, articles 9 (e) and 10, final section), spouses who were married under the pre-1984 matrimonial regime had the possibility to keep the old regime.

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