Committee to end discrimination against women starts its session in Geneva

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As the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women began its session in Geneva on Monday,  it was reminded that violence continues to deter girls from attending school.

The message was delivered to the session by Jacob Schneider from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

He reminded the Committee about the tragic incident in which a 14-year old Pakistani girl was shot in the head and neck by the Taliban last year.

"The High Commissioner reinforced your own timely statement on this tragedy by condemning the attempted murder by Pakistani Taliban and by recalling that Malala had been attacked not only because she wanted education for herself but also because she had been campaigning for all girls to be able to enjoy their right to education. The High Commissioner also emphasized that violence against girls travelling to and from school deters many girls from attending school." (25")

Over the next three weeks, representatives of governments will be discussing various issues related to actions to end discrimination against women.

They will also review reports submitted by governments on what they have done to implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women.

The treaty, adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 1979, is considered an international bill of rights for women.

Beng Poblete Enriquez, United Nations.

Duration: 1'21"

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