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15 Mar 2018 description

This guidance was produced by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (the Committee). Pursuant to article 21 (1) of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention), the present general recommendation provides guidance to States parties on the implementation of their obligations under the Convention in relation to disaster risk reduction and climate change.

19 Sep 2016 description

Joint Statement by the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families (CMW), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

19 September, 2016

29 Feb 2016 description

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women this morning held a general discussion on gender-related dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change.

Yoko Hayashi, Committee Chairperson, stated that Article 21 of the Convention provided the legal basis for the elaboration of general recommendations by the Committee. Today’s consultation was the first step in the process of elaborating a general recommendation on gender-based dimensions of disaster risk reduction and climate change.

09 Feb 2015 description

Attacks against girls’ education occurring with “increasing regularity” – UN human rights report

GENEVA (9 February 2015) – Attacks on schools in at least 70 different countries were documented over a five-year period, between 2009 and 2014, with many of the attacks specifically targeting girls, parents and teachers advocating for gender equality in education, a new UN human rights paper has found.

06 Nov 2014 description

Rights and plight of women asylum seekers and refugees brought into stark focus in new UN human rights paper

GENEVA (6 November 2014) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on Thursday published a set of practical, authoritative guidelines designed to ensure that the specific challenges faced by women in situations of displacement and statelessness are addressed, and their rights are understood, applied and enforced.

05 Nov 2014 description

UN human rights experts set out countries’ obligations to tackle harmful practices such as FGM and forced marriage

GENEVA (5 November 2014) – For the first time, two UN human rights expert committees have joined forces to issue a comprehensive interpretation of the obligations of States to prevent and eliminate harmful practices inflicted on women and girls, such as female genital mutilation, crimes committed in the name of so-called honour, forced and child marriage, and polygamy.

07 Oct 2013 description

7 October 2013

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women this morning held a half-day general discussion on rural women, in view of receiving inputs and contributions for its General Recommendation on rural women that it will start drafting in 2013.

22 Oct 2012 description

Au cours d'une table ronde de haut niveau pour commémorer le 30ème anniversaire du Comité pour l'élimination de la discrimination à l'égard des femmes (CEDEF) organisée par le Haut-Commissariat Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme et l'Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), des experts en droits de l’homme ont abordé la question de la promotion et la protection des droits des femmes dans les situations de conflits et post-conflits dans les pays d’Afrique francophone.

19 Oct 2012 description

Adopted on 19 October 2012 during the 53rd session

Girls’ and women’s right to education is a central obligation of States parties under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the CEDAW Convention). This obligation is set out in articles 2 and 10 of the CEDAW Convention as well as in other international human rights documents such as the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All (EFA) Dakar Framework for Action.

16 Oct 2012 description

Governments worldwide had made significant progress in overturning discriminatory laws and reforming legal codes to better protect and promote women’s rights, but their track record in putting those rules into practice remained unsatisfactory, a women’s rights expert said during a Headquarters news conference this afternoon.

10 Oct 2012 description

Joint Statement* by a group of UN human rights experts to mark the first International Day of the Girl Child, Thursday 11 October 2012

GENEVA (11 October 2012) – “Girls who are forced to marry are committed to being in slavery like marriages for the rest of their lives. Girls who are victims of servile marriages experience domestic servitude, sexual slavery and suffer from violations to their right to health, education, non-discrimination and freedom from physical, psychological and sexual violence.

10 Jul 2012 description

WOM/1911

Committee on Elimination of
Discrimination against Women
1039th Meeting (AM)

UN Women Chief Hails Anti-Discrimination Committee’s Wisdom, Energy at Commemoration of Treaty’s Thirtieth Anniversary

09 Feb 2012 description

Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women
9 February 2012
BACKGROUND RELEASE

Committee to Consider Reports Presented by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Grenada, Norway, Brazil, Zimbabwe, Algeria and Jordan

01 Aug 2011 description

WOM/1876

Committee on Elimination of
Discrimination against Women
996th Meeting* (PM)

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women concluded its work today by adopting observations and recommendations arising from its consideration of eight country reports that it took up during its forty-ninth session.

Under consideration during the three-week session were periodic reports submitted by the Governments of Costa Rica, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Italy, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Singapore and Zambia.

12 Jul 2011 description

WOM/1867

Committee on Elimination of
Discrimination against Women
977th Meeting (AM)

Assistant Secretary-General: Widespread Impunity, Weak Institutions Heighten Marginalization amid Changing Political Landscape

02 Aug 2010 description

WOM/1818

Armed conflict exacerbates inequalities that exist between women and men in different forms and to varying degrees in all societies, and that make women particularly vulnerable when armed conflict breaks out.

23 Feb 2005 description

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women shares the expressions of support and solidarity that have been offered by so many around the world to all people affected by the devastating Tsunami in South East Asia on 26 December 2004.

The unprecedented scale of the Tsunami disaster impacts on all survivors, women and men, causing loss of life, injuries, separation from and loss of loved ones, extreme trauma and loss of security, basic needs - including shelter, food and water and sanitation - and livelihoods.