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UN women’s rights committee to review Bahamas, Republic of Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

GENEVA (18 October 2018) — The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is meeting in Geneva from October 22 to November 9 to review women’s rights in the following countries: Bahamas, Republic of Congo, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mauritius, Nepal, Samoa, Tajikistan, and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The above States have ratified or acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and are reviewed regularly by CEDAW on how they are implementing the Convention. The Committee will hold dialogues with delegations from the respective governments and will be briefed by NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The Committee’s dialogues with the delegations will take place in Room XVI at the Palais des Nations in public meetings. Schedule of dialogues.

The recommended hashtag for the meetings will be #CEDAW71. Live webcasts.

CEDAW’s recommendations, officially termed concluding observations, to the countries reviewed, will be published on Monday, 12 November 2018.

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For more information and media requests, please contact Julia Gronnevet jgronnevet@ohchr.org / (+41) 22 917 93 10

Background

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women monitors States parties’ adherence to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which to date has 189 States parties. The Committee is made up of 23 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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