February 11, 2013 - 10:00am

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Committee) met for its 54th session from 11 February – 1 March 2013.

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Together with the European Disability Forum (EDF) and national DPOs, IDA made joint submissions respectively on Austria and Hungary focusing on the rights of women and girls with disabilities.

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The CEDAW Committee also adopted lists of issues on Andorra, Benin, Cambodia, Colombia, Republic of Moldova, Seychelles, Tajikistan, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (in the absence of a State report).

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On 18 February, the CEDAW Committee held a half day of general discussion on access to justice. The purpose of the discussion was to prepare for the elaboration of a General Recommendation on access to justice in order to provide appropriate and authoritative guidance to States Parties on the measures to be adopted to ensure full compliance with their obligations to protect, respect and fulfill women’s human rights to access to justice. IDA made an oral intervention raising the barriers women and girls with disabilities face in accessing justice. At the closing of the discussion, Silvia Pimentel, rapporteur of the General Recommendation, confirmed that the Committee would address access to justice of marginalized groups of women, including women with disabilities. To access the programme and the written contributions sent to the Committee, visit the Committee’s website.

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