Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women meets in GenevaListen /
The Kingdom of Bahrain will be the first to brief the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) at the opening of its 57th Session.
The Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women.
By accepting the Convention, States commit themselves to undertake a series of measures to end discrimination against women in all forms.
In its third national report, Bahrain confirms efforts are being made to boost the empowerment of women in decision-making positions. It is also making recommendations to laws and legislation pertaining to women.
Cameroon, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Iraq, Sierra Leone and Finland will also present their national reports at the start of the event on 10 February. Qatar will be presenting its very first report.
Meanwhile, individual complaints as well as inquiries under the Optional Protocol to the Convention will be discussed in a closed meeting.
The Protocol to the Convention allows the Committee to receive and consider communications submitted by individual or groups of individuals whose rights under the Convention have been violated.
Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.