CSW 2011: CEDAW Committee Statement - women and armed conflict references
18 March 2011
The statement by Ms Silvia Pimentel, Chair of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) presented to the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) on 22 February 2011 includes specific reference to aspects of our work as IANSA women, including the disproportionate impact of armed conflict on women; the need to strengthen the Treaty body framework which we should take into account as the Arms Trade Treaty moves forward; and the issue of various groups at risk in conflict and post conflict contexts.
- Work also began, at this past session, on the general recommendation on women in armed conflict and post conflict situations. This general recommendation will underscore the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women, especially given that conflicts are often accompanied by gender based violence. It will also highlight the absolute need for the full participation of women as active agents in peace, security and reconstruction.
- The Committee and its members have additionally participated in the Inter-Chairpersons Meetings and its working groups with a view to strengthening the treaty body framework and enhancing implementation between international and regional human rights mechanisms and institutions. In addition, the Committee set-up a task force to further improve the quality of its working methods with a view to further harmonization with the other treaty bodies.
- Likewise, the Committee is also increasingly concerned with the particular vulnerability of women at risk, such as women in armed conflict and post conflict situations, migrant and refugee women, and indigenous women.