Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee

Tuvalu’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 20 February in meetings that will be webcast live. Tuvalu is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention.

The Committee will engage in a dialogue with the delegation from the Tuvalu  Government on questions relating to the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the country, and will also hear from NGO representatives. The session will take place in Conference Room XVI at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10:00 – 17:00 (21:00 – 04:00 in Tuvalu).  The live webcast can be viewed at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.  

Among the possible issues to be discussed are:  prohibition of all forms of discrimination against women; women’s access to justice; violence against women, expanded definition of rape; measures to tackle older girls being kept at home and not attending school; measures to decriminalise abortion in cases of rape, incest, threats to life and health of mother; access to affordable water and sanitation for all, in particular for women living in poverty and on the outer islands.

Tuvalu’s report and more information can be found here:
http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=901&Lang=en. CEDAW’s concluding observations on Tuvalu and the other States being reviewed – Gabon, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Denmark, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea and Maldives – will be published on 6 March here:  


To learn more about the Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination against Women, visit:http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx