COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

21st Meeting of States parties (New York, 9 November 2020): Election of eleven members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2020

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 Women. 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 at the following link.

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

The twenty-first meeting of States parties will take place in New York on 9 November 2020 with the aim of electing eleven members of the Committee to replace those members whose term of office will expire on 31 December 2020. States parties to the Convention are invited to nominate their candidates by 6 March 2020.
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 Mr. Jakob Schneider (jschneider@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

Documentation

Title
Symbol
Provisional agenda CEDAW/SP/2020/1
List of candidates CEDAW/SP/2020/2
List of candidates (Addendum) CEDAW/SP/2020/2/Add.1
Report of the Meeting of States parties
CEDAW/SP/2020/3


Candidates

Name of candidate
Nationality
Brenda AKIA (withdrawn)
Uganda
Nicole AMELINE
English | French | Spanish
France
Marion BETHEL
Bahamas
Leticia BONIFAZ ALFONZO
English | Spanish
Mexico
Corinne DETTMEIJER-VERMEULENThe Netherlands
​Esther EGHOBAMIEN-MSHELIA
​Nigeria
​Hilary GBEDEMAH​Ghana
Nahla HAIDAR
Arabic | EnglishFrench
Lebanon
Asma KHADER [withdrawn]
Jordan
Dalia LEINARTE
English | French | Spanish
Lithuania
Sohoyata MAIGA Mali
Rosario G. MANALO Philippines
Yergebekov MOLDIYAR Kazakhstan
Aicha Vall VERGES Mauritania
Bandana RANA Nepal
Akanti Aissah épse OURO-AKANDO
[withdrawn]
Togo
Natasha STOTT DESPOJA
Arabic | English | French | Russian | Spanish
Australia
Vera NKWATE NGASSA
English | French
Cameroon
Jie XIA
China

Candidatures received after 6 March 2020

Name of candidate
Nationality
Marisa HERRERA
Argentina
Marguerite Koné YOLI-BI
Côte d’Ivoire
Ljiljana JOVANOVIC Montenegro

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 2020

The twenty-first meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women was held on 9 November 2020 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The purpose of the meeting was to elect individuals to fill the eleven positions on the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women which will become vacant on 31 December 2020. 

At the outset of the meeting, Michal Mlynár (Slovakia) from the Eastern European Group was elected to serve as its Chair, Kittithep Devahastin Na Ayuthai (Thailand) from the Asian Group and Joan Josep López (Andorra) from the Western European and Others Group were elected Vice-Chairs.

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

Name of candidate
Nationality
Nicole AMELINE
English | French | Spanish
France
Marion BETHELBahamas
Leticia BONIFAZ ALFONZO
English | Spanish
Mexico
Corinne DETTMEIJER-VERMEULENThe Netherlands
Hilary GBEDEMAHGhana
Nahla HAIDAR
Arabic | English | French
Lebanon
Dalia LEINARTE
English | French | Spanish
Lithuania
Rosario G. MANALO Philippines
Bandana RANA Nepal
Natasha STOTT DESPOJA
Arabic | English | French | Russian | Spanish
Australia
Jie XIA China


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