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UN Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women to review: Venezuela, Poland, China, Ghana, Belgium, Brunei Darussalam, Guinea, Solomon Islands

GENEVA (13 October 2014) – The UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from 20 October to 7 November to review women’s rights in the following countries:

Venezuela (21 Oct); Poland (22 Oct); China, China (Hong Kong), China (Macao) (23 Oct); Ghana (24 Oct); Belgium (28 Oct); Brunei Darussalam (29 Oct); Guinea (30 Oct), Solomon Islands (31 Oct)

The above are among the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so are required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 international independent experts that monitors the implementation of the Convention.

The Committee will also hear briefings from NGOs and national human rights institutions. The States’ reports, the list of issues and further information can be found here:
http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=816&Lang=en

CEDAW’s dialogues with the States parties will take place from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 15:00 to 17:00 in Room XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva. Live webcasts of the public sessions can be viewed on http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

A news conference is scheduled for Friday 7 November at 13:30 at Palais des Nations to discuss CEDAW’s concluding observations. These will be published on 7 November here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=816&Lang=en

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For more information and media requests, please contact Liz Throssell (+41 (0) 22 917 9466/ ethrossell@ohchr.org)

To learn more about the Committee on the Elimination of the Discrimination against Women, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cedaw/pages/cedawindex.aspx

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