COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

20th Meeting of States parties (New York, 7 June 2018): 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 2018

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”.

Information on the requirements, responsibilities and entitlements relating to membership of the Committee, whose language of drafting is English, can be found here.

In accordance with article 17 (5), the members of the Committee shall be elected for a term of four years.

The twentieth meeting of States parties will take place in New York on 7 June 2018 with the aim of electing twelve members of the Committee to replace those members whose term of office will expire on 31 December 2018. States parties to the Convention are invited to nominate their candidates by 7 March 2018.

The nominations and biographical data form (Annex III) should be submitted in electronic version (the latter in Word format) to the CEDAW Secretariat (cedaw@ohchr.org), with copy to Ms. Irene del Pilar Sandoval (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.

General Information

Title
Languages
Membership of the Committee 
Note verbale from the Secretary General to the State Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women E F S
Note verbale from the Secretary General to the State Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – Annex I E F S
Note verbale from the Secretary General to the State Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women – Annex II E F S
Biographical Data Form (Annex III) E F S
Second Note verbale from the Secretary General to the State Parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (credentials) E F S

Documentation

Title
Symbol
Provisional agenda CEDAW/SP/2018/1
List of candidates CEDAW/SP/2018/2
List of candidates (Addendum) CEDAW/SP/2018/2/Add.1
List of candidates (Addendum) CEDAW/SP/2018/2/Add.2
Report of the Meeting of States parties
CEDAW/SP/2018/3


Candidates

Name of candidate
Nationality
Ms. Angela ABELA [withdrawn]
Malta
Ms. Gladys ACOSTA VARGAS
Peru
Ms. Hiroko AKIZUKI
Japan
Ms. Tamader AL-RAMMAHSaudi Arabia
Ms. Dalal AL-ZAYED
Bahrain
Ms. Louiza CHALALAlgeria
Ms. Sanja ELEZOVIĆMontenegro
Ms. Naéla GABREgypt
Ms. Lia NADARAIA
Georgia
Ms. Aruna Devi NARAIN
Mauritius
Ms. Ana PELAEZ NARVAEZ
Spain
Ms. Rhoda REDDOCK
Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Elgun SAFAROVAzerbaijan
Ms. Genoveva TISHEVABulgaria
Ms. Franceline TOE BOUDABurkina Faso

Candidatures received after 7 March 2018

Name of candidate
Nationality
Ms. Akanti AISSAH épse OURO-AKONDO
Togo
Ms. Zohra RASEKH
Afghanistan

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 2018 

The Twentieth Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 7 June 2018 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 2018. 

At the outset of the Meeting, Ali’ioaiga Feturi Elisaia (Samoa) from the Asian Group was elected to serve as its Chair, Inigo Lambertini (Italy) from the Western European and Others Group and Christine Bailey (Jamaica) from the Latin American and Caribbean Group were elected Vice-Chairs.

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

Name of candidate
Nationality
Ms. Gladys ACOSTA VARGAS
Peru
Ms. Hiroko AKIZUKI
Japan
Ms. Tamader AL-RAMMAHSaudi Arabia
Ms. Louiza CHALALAlgeria
Ms. Naéla GABREgypt
Ms. Lia NADARAIA
Georgia
Ms. Aruna Devi NARAIN
Mauritius
Ms. Ana PELAEZ NARVAEZ
Spain
Ms. Rhoda REDDOCK
Trinidad and Tobago
Mr. Elgun SAFAROVAzerbaijan
Ms. Genoveva TISHEVABulgaria
Ms. Franceline TOE BOUDABurkina Faso

Country-specific information