GENEVA (19 October 2017) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 23 October to 17 November 2017 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Burkina Faso, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Guatemala, Israel, Kenya, Kuwait, Monaco, Nauru, Norway, Oman, Paraguay and Singapore.
The above countries have ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee, which is composed of 23 international independent experts, will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will also be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions.
The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 at Palais des Nations – Room XVI and will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
CEDAW’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on 17 November here.
On 14 November 2017 from 15:00 to 17:00, CEDAW will hold a public expert panel discussion to launch its new general recommendation No. 35 on gender-based violence against women that will also be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/.
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CEDAW is composed of 23 independent human rights experts drawn from around the world. They serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.