Please see 2 parts of this WUNRN release on CEDAW Committee Elections.






16th Meeting of States parties (New York, 28 June 2010): Election of the members of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to replace those whose terms are due to expire on 31 December 2010

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women is composed of 23 experts of high moral standing and competence in the field covered by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. Nominations for membership on the Committee may be made by States parties to the Convention, in accordance with article 17 of the Convention. The article states that “the experts shall be elected by State parties for a term of four years and shall serve in their personal capacity, consideration being given to equitable geographic distribution and to the representation of the different forms of civilization as well as the principal legal systems”.

The sixteenth meeting of States parties will take place in New York on 28 June 2010 with the aim of electing twelve members of the Committee, in view of the expiration of their term of office on 31 December 2010. States parties to the Convention are invited to nominate their candidates by 9 March 2010.

The nominations and biographical data in accordance to the form indicated below (Annex II) should be submitted to the CEDAW Secretariat, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland and in electronic (word) version to ghabtom@ohchr.org, copy to idelpilarsandoval@ohchr.org.

General Information

Article 17

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Membership of the Committee


Biographical data form of candidates to human rights treaty bodies

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Resolution of the GA regarding equitable geographical distribution in the membership of the Human rights treaty bodies (A/RES/63/167)

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Report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (A/64/212)

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Provisional agenda


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Declarations, reservations, objections and notifications of withdrawal of reservations to the Convention


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List of candidates


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Draft rules of procedure of the meeting of the States parties


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16th meeting of State Party, New York, 28 June 2010


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List of candidates and their CVs as submitted by the States parties by 9 March 2010



Ms. Ayse Feride ACAR






Ms. Julia Lorena FRIES MONLEÓN




Ms. Dubravka ŠIMONOVIC


Ms. Heisoo SHIN

Republic of Korea









From IWRAW AP - http://www.iwraw-ap.org/ - International Women's Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific - iwraw_ap@yahoo.com

This email is to alert you that the elections will be held on 28 June 2010 in New York, at the 16th meeting of States parties to the Convention and to urge you to take action now.   (Source: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/elections2010.htm)


*March 9 is the deadline for submission of nominees by our governments to the OHCHR for consideration in June.


About the elections


Members of the CEDAW Committee are elected pursuant to article 17 of the CEDAW Convention by States parties from among nationals of that country. However, it is important to note that these members serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of that States party. Members are elected for a term of four years.


Why should you take action?

There is still a need for women's groups and women's rights advocates to continue advocating for the inclusion of independent feminist experts in the CEDAW Committee. The CEDAW Convention is the only UN human rights treaty that focuses on gender issues. In this regard, it is important that the twenty-three experts of the CEDAW Committee have an understanding of the realities of women's lives, is of high moral standing and has competence in the field of women's human rights, as required by the Convention.


Thus, each CEDAW Commitee member has the potential of advocating for women's rights at many levels,including:
1) To uphold the notion that States are accountable to women;
2) To continuously expand and further rights contained in the CEDAW Convention along feminist principles;
3) To ensure that women's NGOs are included in CEDAW-related processes.
4) Additionally, with the existence of OP CEDAW, which creates a complaints mechanism through which
violations of the treaty can be adjudicated by the Committee, we need Committee members who have an understanding of the realities of women's lives in order that women can use the mechanism and obtain redress for
violations to their rights under CEDAW


What can NGOs do?

1. Identify women and feminist experts with a strong understanding and experience in promoting and protecting women's rights and who are willing and able to be Committee members

2. Start lobbying your government to nominate these women for the post.

3. Share these names with us so that we can coordinate lobbying our governments for their election onto the Committee at the elections in June 2010.


The Timeline for this process is:

1. Now until 9 March 2010: Time for women's groups to lobby their governments and suggest names of good candidates from their own country to be elected to the Committee. You may also wish to facilitate this process by reminding the relevant office in your government of the deadline, and forwarding the form and contact details for nomination which can be downloaded here:

 http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/docs/elections2010/BioDataForm.doc )

2. 9 March 2010: Nomination list closes.
3. Between 9 March - 28 June 2010: Women's groups lobby  governments and missions to vote for their candidate and candidates that best fulfill the criteria. CVs and bio details will be made available on the OHCHR website so you find out more about the other nominees. http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cedaw/elections2010.htm.

4. 28 June 2010: CEDAW States Parties Meeting: Where states parties will vote through secret ballot to either re-elect committee members whose terms expire in 2008 or elect new members.
5. New members take office on 1 Jan 2011


Who are the 11 CEDAW members whose term are expiring?


1.   Ms. Ferdous Ara Begum (Bangladesh)

2.    Ms. Meriem Belmihoub-Zerdani(Algeria) - Renominated

3.    Ms. Saisuree Chutikul(Thailand)

4.    Ms. Dorcas Coker-Appiah (Ghana)

5.   Mr. Cornelis Flinterman (Netherlands)

6.   Ms. Naela Mohamed Gabr (Egypt)

7.   Ms. Ruth Halperin-Kaddari(Israel)

8.   Ms. Yoko Hayashi (Japan) -Renominated

9.   Ms. Violeta Neubauer(Slovenia)

10.  Ms. Pramila Patten(Mauritius)

11.  Ms. Dubravka Šimonović (Croatia) -Renominated


Some outgoing members have already been renominated by their governments.



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