CEDAW Committee Elections 2020

The terms of 12 CEDAW members will expire in December 2020. Elections of new Committee members, originally scheduled to be held on 29 June 2020 in New York at the 21st meeting of States parties to the CEDAW Convention, have been postponed to 9 November 2020.

6 March 2020 was the deadline for submission of nominees by our governments to the OHCHR, for consideration by states which have ratified CEDAW in their meeting in June.

Members of the CEDAW Committee are elected pursuant to Article 17 of the CEDAW Convention by State 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 State party. Members are elected for a term of four years.

Our Introductory Guide to CEDAW Elections explains the process, including the timeline for the 2020 elections, actions NGOs can take to influence the outcome, and information on regional distribution of candidates.

Further information about the treaty body election process can be found at the OHCHR website, and information on the 2020 candidates is available on the UNTB Elections website.

Who are the 11 CEDAW members whose terms are expiring?

  1. Ms. Nicole Ameline – France – Western Europe (WEOG)

  1. Mr. Gunnar Bergby – Norway – Western Europe (WEOG)*

  1. Ms. Marion Bethel – Bahamas – Latin America and Caribbean Group (GRULAC)

  1. Ms. Esther Eghobamien-Msheila – Nigeria – Africa (A)

  1. Ms. Hilary Gbedemah – Ghana – Africa (A)

  1. Ms. Nahla Haidar – Lebanon – Asia Pacific Group (As)

  1. Ms. Dalia Leinarte – Lithuania – Eastern Europe (EEG)

  1. Ms. Rosario G. Manalo – Philippines – Asia Pacific Group (As)

  1. Ms. Bandana Rana – Nepal – Asia Pacific Group (As)

  1. Ms. Wenyan Song – China – Asia Pacific Group (As)*

  2. Ms. Aicha Vall Verges – Mauritania – Africa (A)

* Not standing for re-election.

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