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

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


The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) held its 49th session at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on 11-29 July 2011.

The Committee began 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.
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The CEDAW Committee held a general discussion on the protection of women in conflict and post-conflict situations on 18 July 2011 in the context of provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The purpose of the general discussion was to commence the Committee's process of elaborating a "General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations".

The general recommendation aims to provide appropriate and authoritative guidance to States Parties on the measures to be adopted to ensure full compliance with their obligations to protect, respect and fulfil women's human rights during times of armed conflict and in all peace-building processes, which includes the immediate aftermath of conflict and long-term post-conflict reconstruction.

As the drafting process of the proposed GR moves forward, PeaceWomen/WILPF will be monitoring events and resources related to the CEDAW GR, including basic documents and reports, civil society statements, CEDAW Committee documents and any other relevant information. We will post this information here.


Concept Note: General Discussion on the Protection of Women's Human Rights in Conflict and Post-Conflict Contexts: Issued by the CEDAW Committee

CEDAW General Discussion on Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations 18 July 2011: Summary of General Day of Discussion

NGO Expert Working Group Paper Supporting and Elaborating the CEDAW Concept Note for the General Recommendation on Women in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations: Prepared by a coalition of NGOs including WILPF.

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WILPF Statement

WILFP submited a written statement to the CEDAW Committee in advance of the General Day of Discussion outlining primilary WILPF recommendation on the issues concept note.

We noted that for nearly a century, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) has advanced women's participation in preventing armed conflict by focusing on the root causes of war and the promotion women's rights. In the statement we draw the Committee's attention to five key areas for development in the CEDAW General Recommendation (CEDAW GR): 1) Language on prevention, disarmament & military spending; 2) linking the GR with other UN mechanisms; 3) further expansion of the interdependence of all rights; 4) the situation of women under occupation; and 5) the issues of trafficking.

Full WILPF Statement for CEDAW General Recommendation