Meeting with the CEDAW Experts on the General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations
July 24, 2012 1:15 to 2:45 pm
Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations
633, Third Avenue, 29th floor; New York, NY 10017
The Global Network of Women Peacebuilders, a program of the International Civil society Action Network will co-sponsor a meeting with CEDAW Experts on the General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post- conflict Situations with the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations on Tuesday July 24, 2012. GNWP is honored to engage with CEDAW Committee Experts on women, peace, and security issues and is also especially thankful to the Swiss Mission for co-sponsoring this event. GNWP welcomes this opportunity to highlight not only the need for stronger monitoring and implementation of women, peace, and security issues, but also to engage directly with high level policy makers.
The meeting aims to discuss the parallels between the General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations and SCR 1325 & 1820; as well as analyze how the General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations can contribute to reducing the accountability gap to the SCR 1325, 1820 and the other WPS resolutions.
This meeting comes almost two years after the decision of the CEDAW Committee to adopt a General Recommendation on the protection of women’s human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Since that decision in October 2010, GNWP and other groups have been organizing to ensure the recommendation not only strengthens CEDAW in conflict and post-conflict contexts, but that it also strengthens and monitors existing international law on women, peace, and security, most notably UNSCR 1325, 1820, and the supporting resolutions. The general recommendation is seen as an opportunity to strengthen the implementation and accountability of UNSCR 1325 due to the existing and binding reporting and monitoring mechanisms within CEDAW and its ratification by 187 member states.
Ms. Pramila Patten, Chairperson of the CEDAW Working Group on the “General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations” and other experts from the Working Group will present inputs on the General Recommendation, which is intended to provide appropriate and authoritative guidance to States Parties on the measure adopted to ensure full compliance with their obligations to protect, respect and fulfill women’s human rights during times of armed conflict and in all peace-building processes. Additionally, the Global Network of Women Peacebuilders will shed light on the value added of the CEDAW General Recommendation in Women, Peace and Security policy advocacy.