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Women's Rights Body Reviews Reports from 8 States

Magazine article UN Chronicle

Women's Rights Body Reviews Reports from 8 States

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Women's rights body reviews reports from 8 States

LEGAL, judicial and administrative measures taken to guarantee equality of women's rights in political, economic, social and cultural fields in eight countries were reviewed by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) at its sixth session (Vienna 30 March-10 April). Bangladesh, Colombia, France, Greece, Poland, Republic of Korea, Spain and Sri Lanka reported to the 23-member expert Committee and responded to their comments and questions.

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, approved by the General Assembly in 1979, requires the 92 States parties to guarantee a just distribution of rights and obligations among men and women. Among principles enunciated in the Convention are those relating to affirmative action, maternity protection measures, abolition of prostitution, rights of rural women and de facto equality in family relations, employment, education and cultural and political life. States parties are also asked to report periodically on action they have taken to give effect to the Convention's provisions.

In an opening statement, Chafika Sellami-Meslem, Director of the Branch for the Advancement of Women of the Centre for Social Development and Humanitarian Affairs, said the Committee must ensure that the Convention was applied by States parties.

Despite all the work accomplished, there was still a long way to go before discrimination against women would be terminated universally, she said. …

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