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UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to hold Sixty-Fifth Session in Geneva

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its sixty-fifth session at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 24 October to 18 November, during which it will review reports presented by Canada, Burundi, Bhutan, Belarus, Argentina, Switzerland, Honduras, Armenia, Bangladesh, Estonia, and the Netherlands on how they implement the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.
States parties to the Convention commit themselves to ending all forms of discrimination against women in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or other fields. The Committee, a 23-person expert body, monitors compliance with the Convention. It assesses to what extent each State party is meeting its obligations, and makes recommendations for the implementation of the Convention.

Gender Discrimination

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to hold Sixty-Fifth Session from 24 October to 18 November 2016

The webcast of the Committee’s public meetings will be available via the following link: http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/.

At the opening meeting at 10 a.m. on Monday, 24 October, the Committee will hear an address by a representative of the United Nations Secretary-General and will adopt its agenda and programme of work. During the session, the Committee will consider the reports of 11 States parties, and will also hold public informal meetings with non-governmental organizations and national human rights institutions to discuss the situation in the countries whose reports will be considered.

The reports that the Committee will review during the session, all related documentation and the program of work can be found on the session’s webpage.

Following the consideration of the country reports, the Committee will adopt concluding observations and recommendations with regard to their implementation of the Convention, which will be published at the end of the session and will be available here.

Detailed meeting coverage can be found in English and French on the United Nations Information Service Geneva’s webpage.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 18 December 1979, and entered into force on 3 September 1981. Often described as an international bill of rights for women, the Convention both defines discrimination against women and sets an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. Since its entry into force, the Convention has achieved near-universal acceptance, with 189 States parties.

The Convention defines discrimination against women as “… any distinction, exclusion or restriction made on the basis of sex which has the effect or purpose of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment or exercise by women, irrespective of their marital status, on a basis of equality of men and women, of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil or any other field”.

By accepting the Convention, States parties commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms, including: incorporating the principle of equality of men and women in their legal system; abolishing all discriminatory laws and adopting appropriate ones prohibiting discrimination against women; establishing public institutions to ensure the effective protection of women against discrimination; and ensuring the elimination of all acts of discrimination against women by persons, organizations or enterprises.

 

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