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.
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 on the theme of the general discussion should be sent electronically in Word format to Ms. Daniela Buchmann (email: email@example.com) indicating "General discussion on TWGCGM" in the subject
and, in the body of the message, whether the submission may be published on
the CEDAW website on this General recommendation. Submissions must not exceed 10 pages and must be received by 18 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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 2019 in the CEDAW 72nd session, using the
UNOG platform. Please note that individuals must bring their passport (or government issued photo ID) as well as their ground pass every time they wish to enter the UN premises.
For further information on the half-day of general discussion, kindly contact the Secretariat of the Committee by e-mail at: email@example.com
Ms. Youla A. Haddadin, Advisor on Human Trafficking, 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
Mr. Orest Nowosad, Chief of the Groups in Focus Section of the Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanism Division, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- 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
- Ms. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, Special Rapporteur on trafficking in persons, especially women and children
- Ms. Henny Ngu, Policy Specialist for the UNDP Migration and Displacement Team
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)