Additional notes and information

Positive action is one of various terms used to describe ‘positive measures’. However, positive action is also used in international human rights law to describe ‘positive state action’ (the obligation of a state to initiate action versus a state’s obligation to abstain from action). Its use can thus be ambiguous in that it is not confined to meaning positive measures in the area of gender equality.


Based on UN Women’s General Recommendation No 25 on Article 4, paragraph 1 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – Temporary Special Measures