|DAW and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin
America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) jointly held
an Expert Group Meeting on National Machineries for Gender Equality in Santiago, Chile, 31
August to 4
September, 1998. See meeting report for further details.
DAW conducted from 31 August to 21 September, a three-week online
conference/dialogue on women and
health. Participants discussed good practices as well as identify obstacles to
implementing the Beijing Platform
for Action in the critical area of Women and Health.
The Division for the Advancement of Women will organize jointly with the World Health
Organization (WHO) an Expert Group Meeting on "Women and Health," in Tunis
(Tunisia) from 28 September to 2 October 1998. See meeting Aide-Memoire for further details.
Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women concluded its nineteenth session on 10 July,
adopting Recommendations on Reports of New Zealand, Nigeria, Panama, Peru, Republic of
South Africa, and United Republic of Tanzania. Click here for press
conference on work of the Committee.
The substantive session of the Economic and Social Council for 1998 has the advancement of
women as its
theme for the high-level part of its operational activities segment. See report for details.
CEDAW Pre-session working group will meet NGO representatives to receive country-specific
information on Wednesday, 17 June 1998 in Conference Room 6, from 3:00-5:00p.m.
NGO consultations during the upcoming CEDAW session. The Division for the Advancement of
Women will facilitate informal meetings where NGOs may offer country-specific information
on the States parties to be
reviewed by the Committee. These meetings will take place on 25 June and 2 July at the UN
Headquarters, from 1:15-2:45 p.m
The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold its 19th
session, 22 June-10 July, at the UN headquarters in New York. A pre-session working group
will meet 15-19 June, 1998. Countries reporting are Slovakia, South Africa, Nigeria,
Panama, United Republic of Tanzania, New Zealand, Republic of Korea and Peru.
DAW issues Women 2000: "Sexual violence and armed conflict: United Nations
response", an examination of steps taken by the UN to address the situation of
women subjected to sexual violence during armed conflict.
The Commission on the Status of Women concluded its forty-second
session on Friday night, 13 March, by adopting 12 texts, including "draft
conclusions" on four of the critical areas of concern as outlined in the Beijing
Platform for Action.
17 February--CEDAW states parties meeting elected eight new members and
re-elected four current members. See press release for details.
representatives attending the 42ndsession of CSW are invited to a NGO consultation on Sunday 1 March in New York City. Advance registration is required for all by 20 February 1998.
The Commision on
the Status of Women will hold its 42nd session March 2-13,
1998 at UN headquarters in New York.
Report of the
Expert Group Meeting on Promoting Women's Enjoyment of their Economic and Social Rights is
now available online -- Focussing on the implications of integrating gender factors into
the interpretation of economic and social rights, the report stresses that the primary
responsibility for ensuring the enjoyment by women of human rights lies with Governments,
and makes recommendation for actions to be taken at the regional, national and
online, Report of
the Expert Group Meeting on Adolescent Girls and their Rights provides important
recommendations to governments, civil society, NGOs and international agencies with regard
to such key issues as adolescent girls affected by wars, violence, sexual exploitation,
and substance abuse; health of adolescent girls, including reproductive and sexual health.
The report identifies education, the social environment, legal reform and the media as
critical factors in creating an enabling environment for empowering adolescent girls.
The 18th session of CEDAW took place from 19
January to 6 February at the UN Headquarters
Workshop on a rights-based approach to women's empowerment and
advancement and gender equality, 5-7 October, 1998, Rome