Preparing for the 79th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

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Information on the 79th CEDAW Pre-Sessional Working Group

IWRAW Asia Pacific is an NGO which supports the CEDAW Committee and OHCHR in facilitating participation of women’s groups/NGOs in the CEDAW review process.

The Pre-Sessional Working Group (PSWG) for the 79th CEDAW Session will be held as closed Committee meetings online from 9 November to 13 November 2020. The countries to be discussed are Brazil, Egypt, Greece, Jamaica, Morocco, Portugal, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. If you are participating in the PSWG, or are interested in doing so, please refer to the NGO Information Note, available in English, French and Spanish, for procedures, including details of informal remote private briefings by NGOs with the working group members. Reports should be submitted by 12 October, to cedaw@ohchr.org.

If you are new to CEDAW, we have many resources available to help you familiarise yourself with the convention and how to connect it with the key areas of concern for your constituency. Of particular note are our CEDAW Quick & Concise videos and our shadow report guidelines, both general and on various themes. A number of resources are available in a range of languages. We are also happy to answer any questions via email or through scheduling a call.

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Please circulate this information to women’s groups you know. If you are with an NGO or a coalition working on an NGO report to CEDAW, please contact us at iwraw-ap@iwraw-ap.org, with a copy to audrey@iwraw-ap.org.

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