UN Women’s Rights Committee To Review Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan

GENEVA (June 29, 2018) — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from July 2-20 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Australia, Cook Islands, Cyprus, Liechtenstein, Mexico, New Zealand, State of Palestine and Turkmenistan.

The above States have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place in Room XVI at the Palais des Nations in public meetings from 10:00-13:00 and from 15:00-17:00 CEST. The schedule of dialogues will be as follows:

Tuesday, July 3 10:00-13:00 Australia

15:00-17:00 Australia

Wednesday, July 4 10:00-13:00 Cyprus

15:00-17:00 Cyprus

Thursday, July 5 10:00-13:00 Liechtenstein

15:00-17:00 Liechtenstein

Friday, July 6 10:00-13:00 Mexico

15:00-17:00 Mexico

 

Tuesday, July 10 10:00-13:00 Turkmenistan

15:00-17:00 Turkmenistan

Wednesday, July 11 10:00-13:00 State of Palestine

15:00-17:00 State of Palestine

Thursday, July 12 10:00-13:00 New Zealand

15:00-17:00 New Zealand

Friday, July 13 10:00-13:00 Cook Islands

15:00-17:00 Cook Islands

Live webcasts of these meetings can be viewed here.

CEDAW’s recommendations, officially termed concluding observations, to the countries reviewed, will be published on 23 July 2018 here.

ENDS

For more information and media requests, please contact Julia Gronnevet jgronnevet@ohchr.org / (+41) 22 917 93 10

Background

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which to date has 189 States parties. The Committee is made up of 23 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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