CEDAW Committee Elections 2018

May 10, 2018

The CEDAW Committee is a group of human rights and women’s rights experts that monitors State implementation of the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), the seminal international human rights treaty protecting women’s rights.

Every two years, the States that have ratified CEDAW and agreed to abide by the rights outlined in the treaty nominate and elect new members to the CEDAW Committee. On June 7, 2018, these States will be electing or re-electing 12 people to serve on the 24-person committee. You can find out more about the CEDAW Committee elections here.

WEI's Questionnaire to CEDAW Committee Candidates
WEI sent a short questionnaire to all CEDAW Committee candidates to gauge their interest in and knowledge about the rights of women and girls with disabilities, including how they think the CEDAW Committee could work to better include women and girls with disabilities in its work. We received the following responses (click PDF links to view them).

What do CEDAW Committee members do?
CEDAW Committee members are expected to independently and impartially review the human rights records of States who have ratified CEDAW, through periodic State reviews. They also gather information and issue decisions on individual complaints about specific human rights abuses from residents of States which have ratified an additional treaty, called an Optional Protocol. Finally, CEDAW Committee members develop and contribute to authoritative written interpretations of the provisions in CEDAW, known as General Recommendations, which help guide States in their implementation of the treaty at the national level. Through all of these efforts, CEDAW Committee members collaborate with civil society organizations, UN Member States, other treaty monitoring bodies, and UN agencies.

What makes a good CEDAW Committee member?
A good CEDAW Committee member will have significant experience working to ensure women’s rights, including the rights of diverse groups of women and girls, and gender equality. She will also have a strong knowledge of human rights law and issues that impact women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities. She will be independent, meaning that she does not serve on the Committee as a representative of her State but rather as a human rights expert who is not influenced by State or government interests. Finally, she will be collaborative, including with fellow CEDAW Committee members, with members of other treaty monitoring bodies like the CRPD Committee, and with civil society organizations working to promote the rights of women and girls, including women and girls with disabilities, at the local, national, regional, and international levels.


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