Focusing on women in conflict and post-conflict situations
"Women in conflict and post-conflict situations" is on the agenda of the current session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. CEDAW, the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, is an international human rights treaty that focuses on women’s rights and women’s issues worldwide. Its Committee, an expert body made up of 23 women, meets periodically to review action taken by member countries to improve the situation of women. Pramila Patten, an expert on the Convention, told Gerry Adams countries that ratified CEDAW are legally obligated to respect and fulfil women's human rights during times of armed conflict and in all peace-building processes.