COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

Half-day general discussion on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration

On the occasion of its 72nd session, to be held in Geneva from 18 February to 8 March 2019, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will hold a half-day of general discussion on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration in the framework of the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The half-day of general discussion has been organized by OHCHR.

The purpose of the half-day of general discussion is to prepare the elaboration by the Committee of a General Recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration. The aim of the general recommendation will be to provide guidance to States parties to the Convention on the measures they should adopt to ensure full compliance with their obligations to respect, protect and fulfil women’s human rights in the context of trafficking and global migration.

Date and Venue

The general discussion will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Conference Room XVI, on Friday, 22 February 2019 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participation

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women invites States parties to the CEDAW Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, other United Nations human rights mechanisms, non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders to participate in the general discussion and to provide written submissions. 

Written submissions

Written submissions on the theme of the general discussion should be sent electronically in Word format to Ms. Daniela Buchmann (email: dbuchmann@ohchr.org) indicating "General discussion on TWGCGM" in the subject. Submissions must not exceed 10 pages and must be received by 11 February 2019 at the latest.
Written contributions will not be translated and should, therefore, be submitted in English, French or Spanish, which are the working languages of the Committee.  

Oral Interventions

During the half-day of general discussion, time will be allocated for oral statements.  Representatives of States parties to the Convention, United Nations entities and specialized agencies, non-governmental organizations and other interested stakeholders wishing to make a statement must indicate their intention to do so and must send their statements electronically in Word format to Ms. Daniela Buchmann (email: dbuchmann@ohchr.org) by 18 February 2019 at the latest.  Statements must not exceed 3 minutes. Speakers must also provide 8 hard copies of their statements for interpretation purposes to the Administrative Assistant (Room A-541) on the day of the general discussion before 9:30 am. The Committee will try to accommodate all requests for an oral intervention. However, it cannot guarantee that all stakeholders who wish to take the floor will be able to do so due to time constraints and depending upon the number of requests received. The Committee reserves the right to organize the list of speakers at its discretion.  

How to register

Please register for the morning of 22 February in the CEDAW 72nd session, using the UNOG platform by 11 February 2019 (please note that the link for registering will be activated one month before the beginning of the 72nd session of the Committee).

Further information

For further information on the half-day of general discussion, kindly contact the Secretariat of the Committee by e-mail at: dbuchmann@ohchr.org

Documentation

Opening remarks

Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, Director Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Introduction of the general recommendation on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration

  • Ms. Dalia Leinarte, Chair of the CEDAW Working Group on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration
  • Ms. Youla A. Haddadin, OHCHR Advisor on Human Trafficking

Keynote speakers

  • Ms. Kristina Touzenis, Head of the International Migration Law Unit of the IOM
  • Ms. Beate Andrees, Chief of the Fundamental Principles and Rights at Work Branch of the ILO
  • Mr. John Brandolino, Director of the Division of Treaty Affairs of UNODC

Oral statements by States parties

Oral statements by non-governmental organizations and NHRIs

Wrap up and closing remarks

  • Ms. Dalia Leinarte, Chair of the CEDAW Working Group on trafficking in women and girls in the context of global migration (wrap up of discussion)
  • Chairperson of the CEDAW Committee (closing remarks)
Country-specific information