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COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

18th Meeting of States parties (New York, 26 June 2014): Election of twelve members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2014

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is composed of 23 experts of high moral standing and competence in the field covered by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women1. Nominations for membership of the Committee can be made by States parties to the Convention, in accordance with article 17 of the Convention. Article 17 (1) states that “the experts shall be elected by State parties from among their nationals and shall serve in their personal capacity, consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution and to the representation of the different forms of civilization as well as the principal legal systems”. In accordance with article 17 (5), the members of the Committee shall be elected for a term of four years.

The eighteenth meeting of States parties will take place in New York on 26 June 2014 with the aim of electing twelve members of the Committee to replace those members whose term of office will expire on 31 December 2014. States parties to the Convention are invited to nominate their candidates by 7 March 2014.

The nominations and biographical data form (Annex III) should be submitted to the CEDAW Secretariat, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland and in electronic version (Word format) to jschneider@ohchr.org, copy to idelpilarsandoval@ohchr.org.

For the text of the Convention and the current status of ratification, including reservations and declarations, please refer to the United Nations Treaties Collection on the Internet at http://treaties.un.org.

Name of Candidate
Nationality
Ms. Feride ACAR Turkey
Ms. Gladys ACOSTA VARGAS, E-S Peru
Ms. Sawsan AL-BARRAK Iraq
Ms. Bahiya ALJISHI Bahrain
Ms. Magalys AROCHA DOMINGUEZ, E-S Cuba
Ms. Naéla GABR Egypt
Ms. Ruth HALPERIN-KADDARI Israel
Ms. Yoko HAYASHI Japan
Ms. Lilian HOFMEISTER Austria
Ms. Ismat JAHAN Bangladesh
Ms. Lia NADARAIA Georgia
Ms. Sochetra NHEAN Cambodia
Ms. Louisa OUSSEDIK-CHALAL* Algeria
Ms. Pramila PATTEN Mauritius
Ms. Sapana PRADHAN-MALLA [Withdrawn] Nepal
Ms. Patricia SCHULZ, E-F Switzerland
Ms. Renata SIEMIENSKA-ZOCHOWSKA Poland
Ms. Genoveva TISHEVA Bulgaria
Ms. Ana TRIŠIC-BABIC Bosnia and Herzegovina

* On 6 November 2014, Ms. Oussedik-Chalal was appointed to serve as a member of the Committee for the term of the late Kheira Mahdjoub-Ouiguini (i.e. from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018) who had been elected as a member of the Committee on 26 June 2014 and passed away on 6 September 2014.

Candidatures received after 7 March 2014

Name of Candidate
Nationality

General Information

Article 17 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women

E F S

Membership of the Committee

E

Resolution of the GA regarding equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the Human rights treaty bodies (A/RES/63/167)

E F S A C R

Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the human rights treaty bodies (A/64/212)

E F S A C R

Documentation

Provisional agenda

CEDAW/SP/2014/1

E

List of candidates CEDAW/SP/2014/2 E/F/S
Report of the Meeting of States parties CEDAW/SP/2014/3 E


Results of the 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 2014

The Eighteenth Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 26 June 2014 at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The 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 2014.

At the outset of the Meeting, Juan Manuel González de Linares Palou (Spain) from the Western European and Others Group was elected to serve as its Chair, Jeanne d’Arc Byaje (Rwanda)  from the African Group and Dragana Andelic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from the Eastern European Group were elected Vice-Chairs.

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

Name of Member
Nationality
Term expires on 31 December

Ms. Feride ACAR

Turkey

31.12.2018

Ms. Gladys ACOSTA VARGAS, E-S

Peru

31.12.2018

Ms. Magalys AROCHA DOMINGUEZ, E-S

Cuba

31.12.2018

Ms. Naéla GABR

Egypt

31.12.2018

Ms. Ruth HALPERIN-KADDARI

Israel

31.12.2018

Ms. Yoko HAYASHI

Japan

31.12.2018

Ms. Lilian HOFMEISTER

Austria

31.12.2018

Ms. Ismat JAHAN

Bangladesh

31.12.2018

Ms. Kheira MAHDJOUB-OUIGUINI

Algeria

31.12.2018

Ms. Lia NADARAIA

Georgia

31.12.2018

Ms. Louisa OUSSEDIK-CHALAL* Algeria

31.12.2018

Ms. Pramila PATTEN

Mauritius

31.12.2018

Ms. Patricia SCHULZ

Switzerland

31.12.2018

 * On 6 November 2014, Ms. Oussedik-Chalal was appointed to serve as a member of the Committee for the term of the late Kheira Mahdjoub-Ouiguini (i.e. from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018) who had been elected as a member of the Committee on 26 June 2014 and passed away on 6 September 2014.

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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