Italy Submits CEDAW Shadow Report
The platform “30 years CEDAW: work in progress” submitted CEDAW Shadow Report to the CEDAW Committee. According to the report, Italian Government has not fulfilled its obligations under the Convention: no action was taken to disseminate the Convention, Optional Protocol, and Concluding observation. Civil society consultations in the reporting process was unclear in its objectives, actors involved, and was not transparent. No discussion of the concluding observations was done in the National Parliament, regional Legislative Assemblies and in local administrations. No progress was made in the establishing of an independent human rights institution that can protect and promote women rights. Although there is a draft b ill for a NHRI, it is inadequate as it does not conform to the Paris Principles and is in fact a regression when compared to a former draft bill which received technical advice from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The government formal approach to gender equality makes impossible to adopt comprehensive and long term strategy to combat structural discrimination against gender and sexual orientation based discrimination.
Machismo attitudes are widely tolerated. The mass media and the political debate has reinforced them through frequent sexual references, stereotyped expressions and a degrading representation of the body and the role of women in society.
Read the full report from here.
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