The 50th Session of the CEDAW Committee is Concluded

Posted on | October 25, 2011 by Stefano Gennarini, J.D. |

The 50th Session of the CEDAW Committee conluded last week in Geneva. The Committee issued its Final Observations to Chad, Côte d’ Ivoire, Kuwait, Lesotho, Mauritius, Montenegro, Oman, Paraguay.

The obligations the Committee has been imposing on the countries reporting to CEDAW during the 50th session include: access to abortion and mandatory sexual education at the secondary school level. The Committee continues to insist that “safe abortion” is necessary to reduce maternal mortality (a Millenium Develpment Goals). The inaccuracy and recklessness of this position has been addressed by Chile and the Holy See, MaterCare International, C-FAM and National Right to Life.

CEDAW continues to advance a radical abortion and reproductive rights agenda. It does this flying in the face of its own mandate. The committee was created to facilitate the implementation of CEDAW, not to give definitive interpretations of the treaty. Instead, it interprets the references to family planning in the convention expansively and seeks to impose new obligations on state parties. For more information on CEDAW and the Committee see the C-FAM website. In the long run, this abuse can only undermine the role of the Committee in the advancement and protection of women.

To see the Concluding Observations of the Committee go to the OHCHR website. The Committee will resume its work for the next session in Geneva in February.



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