On 18 July 2011, the IANSA Women’s Network joined with other organisations to submit a written statement to the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on the occasion of the General Discussion on Women in Conflict and Post-conflict Situations held at the UN in New York.
The statement was developed together with Fundación para Estudio e Investigacion de la Mujer (FEIM); Global Justice Centre; International Alliance of Women (IAW); International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA); International Federation of Women in Legal Careers (FIFCJ); and the International Indigenous Women’s Forum (IIWF).
Colleagues from the International Alliance of Women (IAW) confirm that the General Discussion was very well attended and the statement was well received.
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 purpose of the general recommendation is 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.