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COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

The sixteenth meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 28 June 2010 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting was to elect individuals to fill the twelve positions on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which will become vacant on 31 December 2010.

To preside over the sixteenth Meeting of States parties, the Meeting elected Mr. Alexander Lomaia (Georgia) as Chairperson, as well as the following four Vice-Chairpersons: Mr. Bertin Babadoudou (Benin), from the group of African States; Mr. Sonam Tobgay (Bhutan), from the group of Asian States; Mr. Léon Faber (Luxembourg) from the group of European States; and, Ms. Dessima Williams (Grenada) from the group of Latin America and Caribbean States.

The individuals elected to fill the twelve positions on the Committee were:

Name of Candidate
Nationality
Ms. Ayse Feride ACAR Turkey
Ms. Fadheela AL-MAHROOS [Withdrawn] Bahrain
Mr. Ahmed AL-MUKHAINI [Withdrawn] Oman
Ms. Olinda BAREIRO-BOBADILLA Paraguay
Ms. Joyce BAYANDE MBONGO ENDELEY Cameroon
Ms. Meriem BELMIHOUB-ZERDANI Algeria
Ms. Valentina BODRUG-LUNGU Moldova
Ms. Dorcas COKER-APPIAH Ghana
Ms. Mary Shanthi DAIRIAM [Withdrawn] Malaysia
Ms. Julia Lorena FRIES MONLEÓN Chile
Ms. Naela Mohamed GABR Egypt
Ms. Ruth HALPERIN-KADDARI
Israel
Ms. Yoko HAYASHI Japan
Ms. Samith HOU [Withdrawn] Cambodia
Ms. Rassolguessida Clémence ILBOUDO SAWADOGO Burkina Faso
Ms. Grace KYOMUHENDO-BANTEBYA Uganda
Ms. Violeta NEUBAUER Slovenia
Ms. Pramila PATTEN Mauritius
Ms. Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus PIRES Timor-Leste
Ms. Sapana PRADHAN-MALLA Nepal
Ms. Patricia SCHULZ Switzerland
Ms. Dubravka ŠIMONOVIC Croatia
Ms. Amaryllis TORRES Philippines
Ms. Judit WIRTH [Withdrawn] Hungary

 

Candidatures received after 9 March 2010

Name of Candidate
Nationality
Ms. Matau FUTHO-LETSATSI [Withdrawn] Lesotho
Ms. Ismat JAHAN Bangladesh
Ms. Marie-Gisèle ZINKPE Benin
Ms. Theodora Oby NWANKWO [Withdrawn] Nigeria
Ms. Olena SUSLOVA [Withdrawn] Ukraine
Ms. Rafiah Al Talei [Withdrawn] Oman

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Result of 16th meeting of State parties - Election of the members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010

The sixteenth meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 28 June 2010 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The main purpose of the meeting was to elect individuals to fill the twelve positions on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which will become vacant on 31 December 2010.

To preside over the sixteenth Meeting of States parties, the Meeting elected Mr. Alexander Lomaia (Georgia) as Chairperson, as well as the following four Vice-Chairpersons: Mr. Bertin Babadoudou (Benin), from the group of African States; Mr. Sonam Tobgay (Bhutan), from the group of Asian States; Mr. Léon Faber (Luxembourg) from the group of European States; and, Ms. Dessima Williams (Grenada) from the group of Latin America and Caribbean States.

The individuals elected to fill the twelve positions on the Committee were:

Name of Member
Nationality
Term expires on 31 December
Ms. Ayse Feride Acar Turkey 31.12.2014
Ms. Olinda Bareiro-Bobadilla Paraguay 31.12.2014
Ms. Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani Algeria 31.12.2014
Ms. Naela Mohamed Gabr  Egypt 31.12.2014
Ms. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari Israel 31.12.2014
Ms. Yoko Hayashi Japan 31.12.2014
Ms. Ismat Jahan Bangladesh 31.12.2014
Ms. Violeta Neubauer Slovenia 31.12.2014
Ms. Pramila Patten Mauritius 31.12.2014
Ms. Maria Helena Lopes de Jesus Pires Timor Leste 31.12.2014
Ms. Patricia Schulz Switzerland 31.12.2014
Ms. Dubravka Šimonović  Croatia 31.12.2014

Two thirds of the States parties constitute a quorum, and the persons elected to the Committee are those nominees who obtained the largest number of votes and an absolute majority of the votes of the representatives of States parties present and voting.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is established under article 17 of the Convention. It is composed of 23 experts who are elected by secret ballot by States parties. The Committee is tasked with the review of the reports of States parties submitted in accordance with article 18 of the Convention. The Optional Protocol to the Convention, which entered into force in December 2000, empowers the Committee to consider communications submitted by individuals or groups of individuals alleging violations of the Convention in States parties to the Convention and the Optional Protocol. The Optional Protocol also entitles the Committee of its own motion to inquire into grave or systematic violations of the Convention in those States parties where this procedure is applicable, in accordance with articles 8 and 10.

Committee members serve in their personal capacities, and not as representatives of the States parties which present their candidature.

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