27 July 2012
General Assembly

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Committee on Elimination of

 Discrimination against Women

1068th Meeting (PM)

Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women Ends Session by Adopting

Observations, Recommendations Arising from Eight Country Reports


The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women concluded its work today by adopting observations and recommendations arising from its consideration of eight country reports that it took up during its fifty-second session.

Under consideration during the three-week session were periodic reports submitted by the Governments of Guyana, Indonesia, Bulgaria, Jamaica, Mexico, New Zealand, Samoa and the Bahamas.

In other business, the Committee adopted the draft report of the session, presented by Violet Awori, Rapporteur and expert member from Kenya; the draft report of the Working Group of the Whole, on implementation of article 21 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, and on action by the Committee on ways and means to expedite its work; and the provisional agenda for its fifty-third session, scheduled for 1—19 October 2012 in Geneva.

Silvia Pimentel, Committee Chairperson and expert member from Brazil, provided a summary of the work undertaken during the just-concluded session, including the consideration of State parties’ reports, briefings with non-governmental organizations, commemoration of the Committee’s thirtieth anniversary, and meetings with other bodies.  Additionally, the Committee had discussed ways to simplify its reporting procedures, continued its review of the general recommendation on the dissolution of marriage and its economic consequences and established two working groups to make general recommendations on climate change and natural disasters, and on the right to education.

The 23 expert members of the Committee, serving in their personal capacities, monitor State parties’ compliance with the Convention, often described as an international bill of rights for women.  Adopted by the General Assembly in 1979, the treaty consists of a preamble and 30 articles, and prescribes national action to end discrimination.

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