Oral Statement of the Italian CEDAW Platform “30 years CEDAW – work in progress” at UN
Thank you Madam Chair,
I am Simona Lanzoni, speaking on behalf of the Italian Platform “30 years CEDAW – WORK IN PROGRESS”. I’m here with my colleagues Claudia Signoretti and Barbara Spinelli.
The Shadow report was written in collaboration with 8 organizations and endorsed by one hundred organizations, that make up one million individuals. We would highlight main critical issue:
- CEDAW implementation and promotion of women’s rights,
- Employment and welfare,
- Political participation of women,
- Sexual and reproductive rights,
- Protection of survivors of gender violence,
- Trafficking and Prostitution.
Implementation of CEDAW and promotion of women’s rights
Italian Government has not fulfilled its obligations under the Convention: no action was taken to disseminate the Convention, OP, 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.
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