CEDAW General Recommendation on Women in Situations of Armed Conflict and Post-Conflict

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women is holding its upcoming, 49th session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 11-29 July 2011.

The Committee will hold a half-day general discussion and exchange of views on women in armed conflict and post conflict situations in an open meeting during its 49th session. The objective of this discussion is to gather input from various stakeholders for the purpose of elaborating a general recommendation by the Committee on the subject. The specialized agencies and other U.N. bodies, as well as non-governmental organizations, are encouraged to participate in the discussion and to prepare informal background papers as appropriate. More detailed information will be posted shortly here.

July 18: CEDAW Day of Discussion at the at the 49th session of the CEDAW (10:00 am to 1:00 pm)

WILPF has been part of a coalition working on this General Recommendation since 1997 including: IWRAW Asia Pacific, Women and Media Collective-Sri Lanka, Development Alternatives for Women (DAWN) and Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP). We hope to share documents on this process in the coming days.

The Committee will begin its consideration of country reports on Tuesday 12 July 2011, with Costa Rica. The following meetings will consider reports submitted by Zambia, Italy, Ethiopia, Republic of Korea, Nepal, Djibouti, and Singapore. For a detailed schedule of the meetings, please see here.

PeaceWomen will be monitoring the session and will be providing relevant information, documents and resources on the CEDAW section of our website.