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April 2010

CEDAW ELECTIONS 2010
This is the second alert we are sending to update you on the CEDAW Committee elections process. As you may already know, the CEDAW Convention is the only UN human rights treaty that focuses on gender issues. In this regard, it is important that the all twenty-three experts of the CEDAW Committee have an understanding of the realities of women's lives.

We urge you to get involved in the election process in order to ensure that candidates with feminist principles, a strong grounding in the issues and contexts related to women's lives, who will work towards the greater accountability of state parties to women's human rights and who recognise the role for civil society in the implementation of CEDAW are represented on the Committee.   

THIS YEAR'S ELECTIONS:
As of March 9th the nomination list has closed. 24 States have nominated men and women to fill 11 vacancies in the Committee. Of the 11 members of the Committee whose terms are expiring in 2010, three are from Asia-Pacific, two are from Western Europe, two from Eastern Europe and four are from Africa. This will give you a rough idea as to the distribution of vacancies, and how, in this regard, more advocacy will be required in some regions.

On June 28, 2010, official representatives of all the States parties to CEDAW will be electing 11 members of the Committee that will serve from January 2011 to December 2014.

The 24 nominees are: Ms. Ayse Feride ACAR (Turkey), Ms. Fadheela AL-MAHROOS (Bahrain), Mr. Ahmed AL MUKHAINI (Oman), Ms. Olinda BAREIRO-BOBADILLA (Paraguay), Ms. Joyce BAYANDE MBONGO ENDELEY (Cameroon),  Ms. Meriem BELMIHOUB-ZERDANI (Algeria) Ms. Valentina BODRUG-LUNGU (Moldova), Ms. Dorcas COKER-APPIAH (Ghana) Ms. Mary Shanthi DAIRIAM, (Malaysia), Ms. Julia Lorena FRIES MONLEÓN (Chile), Ms. Naela Mohamed GABR  (Egypt) ; Ms. Ruth HALPERIN-KADDARI (Israel) ,Ms. Yoko HAYASHI (Japan), Ms. Samith HOU  (Cambodia) Ms. Rassolguessida Clémence ILBOUDO SAWADOGO (Burkina Faso), Ms. Grace KYOMUHENDO-BANTEBYA (Uganda), Ms. Violeta NEUBAUER (Slovenia) Ms. Pramila PATTEN (Mauritius) Ms. Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus PIRES (Timor-Leste) , Ms. Sapana PRADHAN-MALLA (Nepal) , Ms. Patricia SCHULZ (Switzerland), Ms. Dubravka ŠIMONOVIC (Croatia) , Ms. Amaryllis TORRES (Philippines) and Ms. Judit WIRTH (Hungary).

Further information on all candidates to be considered this year (CVs) can be found here.
http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/elections2010.htm

For further information about the election process, go to:
http://www.iwraw-ap.org/committee/election.htm

For general information on the CEDAW Committee go to:
http://www.iwraw-ap.org/committee.htm

WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Now that the nomination list has closed, the next stage is to ensure that candidates that fulfill the criteria will be elected by the States parties. You can help with this by contacting progressive representatives of your government in your home country or in New York (UN Mission representative/Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and let them know that women's groups and women's rights advocates globally want independent experts from all over the world to be elected to the Committee. Please let them know that they are responsible for ensuring that the CEDAW Committee process continues to strengthen national efforts towards the realisation of women's rights. In some cases, it would be useful to send a letter stating what you know of the existing nominees and give reasons as to why you are recommending specific names to be considered (both in your region and in others).
 

UPDATES ON THE WORK OF THE COMMITTEE
Source: "Results of the 44th and 45th CEDAW sessions" http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/E-CN6-2010-CRP-2.pdf

New Followup procedure adopted by the Committee
[Excerpt from Results of the 44th and 45th CEDAW sessions] http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/E-CN6-2010-CRP-2.pdf  or document E/CN.6/2010/CRP.2

Page 7:   "Follow-up procedure

13. At its forty-first session, the Committee decided to introduce a follow-up procedure whereby it would include a request to individual States parties in the concluding observations on their reports for information on steps taken to implement specific recommendations contained in those concluding observations. The request would call on States parties to provide such information to the Committee within two years. The Committee decided to assess the experience of its follow-up procedure in 2011.

14. At its forty-fourth session, the Committee appointed a rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations and an alternate: Dubravka Simonovic and Barbara Bailey respectively. The follow-up rapporteur should report to the Committee at each session.

15. At its forty-fifth session, the Committee adopted a methodology to assess States parties reports received under its follow-up procedure (Decision 45/II). At its forty-fifth session, the Committee also adopted the report presented by the Rapporteur on follow-up. "

In their latest statement on the role of NGOs, the Committee has also elaborated on the role of NGOs in this followup process: "...11. The Committee adopted a follow-up procedure to its concluding observations at its forty-first session and decided on its methodology at its forty-fifth session, whereby a State party is requested to submit information within one or two years on action taken to implement the recommendations selected under the follow up procedure. Usually two recommendations are selected for the procedure. NGOs are encouraged to submit alternative information for the attention of the Committee by the same deadline as the State party. All information received under this procedure is made available on the Committee’s website." http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/docs/statements/NGO.pdf

Drafting General Recomendations
(see pages 4-6 of Results of the 44th and 45th Sessions of the CEDAW Committee E/CN.6/2010/CRP.2)
a. General recommendation on article 2
The Committee is looking to discuss a revised draft at the next session with a view to finalising it in the 47th session.
b. General Recommendation on older women
The Committee is looking to discuss a revised draft at the next session with a view to finalising it at the same session.
c. General recommendation on the economic consequences of marriage and its dissolution
The Committee asked for a revised draft for discussion at the 46th session with a view to adoption at the 47th session.

New Working groups
Two new Working groups were maintained: joint CEDAW/CRC WG and WG on women of concern to UNHCR.

State Reports asked to adhere to new format for states report (of core document and treaty specific document) under harmonised guidelines (Decision 45/I)

States were asked to use the new format for state reports which includes the core document with a page limit of 60-80 pages) and the treaty specific (CEDAW specific) document of a limit of 60 pages.
 

CEDAW COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON ITS RELATIONSHIP WITH NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS

The Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women held an informal meeting with NGOs during its 45th session to clarify and strengthen the Committee’s relationship with NGOs and to enhance the role of NGOs in the implementation of the Convention by States parties at the national level.
 
The Committee has subsequently released a statement on this matter, which can be downloaded here

 

CEDAW COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON THE INCLUSION OF WOMEN IN PEACEBUILDING IN AFGHANISTAN

At the 45th CEDAW session, the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women released a statement on the inclusion of the Afghan women in the process of
peacebuilding, security and reconstruction in Afghanistan. The statement urged the Afghan government and its international allies “to ensure that women representatives are included in the upcoming peace and development dialogues and negotiations with the Taliban.”

Please find the full statement at this link

 

CEDAW COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN HAITI’S RECOVERY

At the 45th session in Geneva, the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women released a statement urging the international community, United Nations agencies and all humanitarian relief agencies to actively involve Haitian women at all stages of emergency management programmes in Haiti, in both the planning and implementation processes, so that they can bring valuable perspectives and contributions to the emergency response.

Please find the full statement here

 

CEDAW COMMITTEE STATEMENT ON BEIJING+15

At the recent 45th session of CEDAW review, the Committee on Elimination of Discrimination Against Women notes some progress in implementation of Beijing PFA especially in changing the legal environment for promotion and protection of women's right to equality but calls for more concerted efforts to ensure actual achievement of equality between men and women.

Please find the full statement at this link:

 

CONCLUDING OBSERVATIONS: 45th CEDAW SESSION
Botswana, Egypt, Malawi, Netherlands, Panama, Ukraine, UAE, Uzbekistan

The Concluding Observations for the 45th CEDAW session are now available. They can be downloaded at the website of the OHCHR at:

http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/cedaws45.htm

The Concluding Observations are divided according to themes / issues so it is easy to see how the Committee has dealt with each issue. The document is only available in English now, but will soon be available in French and Spanish as well. Please note also that the Concluding Observations are currently provided in the original language of adoption and unedited version. Please do check the OHCHR website from time to time to see if the translations have been completed, and for the final versions of the Concluding Observations.

Direct links to the Concluding Observations:
BOTSWANA:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-BOT-CO-3.pdf         
EGYPT:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-EGY-CO-7.pdf        
MALAWI:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-MWI-CO-6.pdf         
NETHERLANDS:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-NLD-CO-5.pdf        
PANAMA:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-PAN-CO-7.pdf         
UKRAINE:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-UKR-CO-7.pdf         
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-ARE-CO-1.pdf        
UZBEKISTAN:  http://www2.ohchr.org/tbru/cedaw/CEDAW-C-UZB-CO-4.pdf        

The next official document from the review is the Summary Records of the CEDAW Committee, which will be released a few months later. The Summary Records is an official record or minutes of the entire day of review between the CEDAW Committee and the State under review. This can be found at the website of the 45th CEDAW session in the first column "States examined, schedule and summary records" at: