• Tuesday, October 13, 2015
  • A program of IPS Inter Press Service supported by the Dutch MDG3 Fund

    CEDAW 30th Anniversary, Celebrating at the U.N.

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives the opening remarks/ Credit: Bomoon Lee/IPS

    U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gives the opening remarks/ Credit: Bomoon Lee/IPS

    Women all over the world are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). UNIFEM organised a special event in New York, opened by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon who declared that “The Convention is one of the most successful human rights treaties ever.”

    IPS photographer Bomoon Lee prepared a special slide show of the event, and journalist Liza Jansen reported on it with her story RIGHTS: Women’s Treaty a Powerful Force for Equality as well as filing an interview with Indian Supreme Court Justice and CEDAW national partner, Sujata Manohar Q&A: India’s Anti-Women Laws Dropping from the Books.

    CEDAW’s 30th anniversary event brought together speakers from around the world, including Sarah Jones, an award-winning playwright, performer and UNICEF goodwill ambassador, who gave a rendition of her hilarious and lively show, “One Woman, Eight Characters”.

    In the run up to the anniversary IPS has put a special emphasis on CEDAW within the overall Communicating for Change work, filing stories on the successes, challenges and application of CEDAW and its optional protocol from countries like Bolivia, Rwanda, Laos, Uganda, the Philippines and Italy.

    During December IPS in Latin America and IPS in Africa will be making and distributing CEDAW-focused radio podcasts as part of their In Women’s Words and Mujeres en voz alta programming.

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