WIDE Italy at 49th CEDAW Meeting in New York
Today, July 11th 2011, the 49th CEDAW has officially started at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Woman will review the situation of women in the following eight countries: Costa Rica, Zambia, Italy, Ethiopia, Republic of Korea, Nepal, Djibouti and Singapore.
Violence against women, political participation, discriminatory family law, eliminating gender stereotypes and preventing trafficking will be some of the areas explored by a Committee of 23 experts, whose current Chairperson is Silvia Pimentel of Brazil.
Following the eight reviews, the experts will adopt concluding observations, making recommendations that each Government is obliged to fulfil in order to eliminate discriminations against women.
Today (July 11th) has been dedicated to the civil society: Costa Rica, Zambia, Italy and Ethiopia have introduced their oral statements to highlight the main issues.
The Report of the Italian network “30 years CEDAW – work in progress” represented in New York by Claudia Signoretti and Simona Lanzoni, from Fondazione Pangea and Barbara Spinelli from the Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers, covered all the articles of the Convention.
In addition the reports on Drug dependence, HIV and criminal justice (by International Association for Harm Reduction, Democratic Lawyers, Itaca Association and Antigone) and on the Roma women (by the European Roma Rights Centre) were presented.
The statement of the Italian network “30 years CEDAW – work in progress” was focused on:
- CEDAW implementation and promotion of women’s rights,
- Employment and welfare,
- Political participation of women,
- Sexual and reproductive rights,
- Protection of victims of gender violence,
- Trafficking and Prostitution.
It is the first time that the Italian civil society and particularly the female associations attend the CEDAW session, presenting its own Shadow Report, endorsed by more than a hundred organizations and many individuals, women and men. For this reason there was a big interest in the activities run by the Platform for the implementation of the Convention in Italy and the issues raised in the Report and in the Oral statement. The excitement was huge, as the work to be done in the next future.
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