The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women expresses its deepest sympathy and solidarity to the Government and people of Haiti affected by the devastating earthquake of 12 January 2010. The Committee also extends its condolences to the families of United Nations staff as well as the three prominent Haitian women’s rights activists, Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, who perished in the earthquake.
The earthquake which hit the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, has caused tremendous hardship, injury and loss of life among the general population. Whilst relief workers are struggling to provide aid to the people of Haiti and whilst the situation remains dire for everyone, women and children are particularly affected by the crisis. The Committee calls for the inclusion of a gender perspective in all humanitarian relief efforts so that the specific needs of women may be adequately addressed.
“Women’s Rights: Some Progress, Many Gaps” is a shadow report prepared by Dutch NGOs. This study examines the Fifth Report by the Government of the Netherlands on the Implementation of the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), 2005-2008.
The Dutch shadow report was released in November 2009. You can download it from here.
To celebrate the 30th anniversary of CEDAW, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), in partnership with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), organised a panel discussion on “Women and Migration” in Geneva with links to six video conference sites, based in: Chisinau, Moldova; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Almaty, Kazakhstan; and Brussels, Belgium.
The event in Brussels was co-organized by WIDE, EWL and UNIFEM. You can read and download the report from this event.
Arab League, Karama and UNIFEM Commemorate 30 Years of the CEDAW Treaty to End Discrimination Against Women
On December 15-16, 2009, in celebration of the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), Karama, together in partnership with UNIFEM and the League of Arab States, will host a Regional CEDAW Celebration for the NGOs in the Arab region to launch a retrospection on the history of CEDAW advocacy in the Arab region, as well as to form commitments for the future.
Twenty-two experts and activists from NGOs throughout the Arab Region will come together for a two-day event to discuss the track record of CEDAW advocacy throughout the region and create strategies for future initiatives.
On the ocassion of the 30th anniversary of CEDAW – the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women – International Land Coalition (ILC) has developed an infonote on how to use CEDAW as an advocacy tool.
CEDAW is the only human rights treaty that deals specifically with rural women, highlighting the need for women’s participation and access to basic social services – and is therefore a powerful tool to advocate for rural women. ILC has produced this infonote to inform civil society organisations (referred to as NGOs in CEDAW terminology) how they can engage in the CEDAW review process. There is also a separate Questions and Answers document that provides detailed information on specific aspects of this process.