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February 2011


CEDAW: 48th Session of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

Geneva, Switzerland, until 4 February 2011
Host / Sponsor: UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its 48th session 17 January - 4 February 2011

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

Worldwide, 6 February 2011

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation is observed each year to raise awareness about this practice. Female genital mutilation of any type has been recognized as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women.

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55th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)

New York, USA, 22 February to 4 March 2011
Host / Sponsor: United Nations

The fifty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 22 February to 4 March 2011. Representatives from Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world will attend the session. There will be a number of activities, including interactive dialogues and panels, during the two-week session.

This following highlights key focus areas of CSW 2011.

  • Priority Theme: Access and participation of women and girls to education, training, science and technology, including for the promotion of women’s equal access to full employment and decent work
  • Review Theme: The elimination of all forms of discrimination and violence against the girl child
  • Emerging Issue: Gender equality and sustainable development
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Launch of UN Women

UNHQ NY and online worldwide, 24 February 2011

The launch event for UN Women, Honouring the Past – Envisioning the Future for Women and Girls, is hosted by Ms. Michelle Bachelet, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UN Women. It will be emceed by Ms. Juju Chang, news anchor of ABC’s Good Morning America, with other distinguished speakers and performers.

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