Gender and racial discrimination
Expert Group Meeting

21-24 November 2000
Zagreb, Croatia


The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW), in collaboration with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), convened an expert group meeting on the theme of "Gender and racial discrimination".  Hosted by the Government of Croatia in Zagreb, Croatia, the meeting took place from 21 to 24 November 2000.

The results of the meeting will be made available to the Commission on the Status of Women at its forty-fifth session which meets in March 2001where it will take up, inter alia, the thematic issue of gender and all forms of discrimination, in particular racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. It is also anticipated that the recommendations of the expert group meeting will be integrated into the preparations for the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, as well as the World Conference itself which will be convened in Durban, South Africa from 31 August to 7 September 2001.

The recommendations of the expert group meeting should also be of value to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and other treaty bodies, including the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, as they elaborate the obligations of States parties to these instruments to ensure that women are not affected by the double burden of sex and racial discrimination and are free from the effects of xenophobia and related intolerance. In addition, the recommendations should inform the work of the Commission on Human Rights, including that of the thematic and country-specific rapporteurs and working groups.

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