Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW): 56th session

Summary: The 56th session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women will take place from 30 September to 18 October 2013.


Armed conflict

CEDAW passed a “landmark document” on women and conflict during its 56th session. General Recommendation No 30 gives guidance on how States can ensure women’s rights are protected before, during and after conflicts, including due diligence on non-State actors such as armed groups and private security contractors.

“Women’s experiences are regularly dismissed as irrelevant for predicting conflict, and women’s participation in conflict prevention has historically been low,” said CEDAW Chair Nicole Ameline. “But in reality, there is a strong correlation between an increase in gender-based violence and the outbreak of conflict. No longer is it enough to say that such acts are outside the scope of state responsibility of the Convention.” 

Rural women

During its 56th session,held in Geneva from 30 September to 18 October 2013, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women held a half-day general discussion on rural women (article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women). Find out more here

States under Review

  • Andorra
  • Benin
  • Cambodia
  • Colombia
  • Moldova
  • Seychelles
  • Tajikistan

All concluding observations can be found here

For further information, including reports submitted by States and NGOs, visit the Committee's website.  

Opportunities for children's rights advocates

In addition to providing information on upcoming reviews by the Committee on the Rights of the Child (and indeed on the subsequent Concluding Observations issued), CRIN encourages children's rights advocates to use the full range of opportunities within the UN and regional human rights mechanisms to pursue children's rights advocacy.

Reporting to treaty bodies beyond the Committee on the Rights of the Child presents an opportunity for advocates to raise and press home children's rights issues.



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