Demand Full Ratification and Implementation of UN CEDAW

By on March 16, 2016
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Celebrate International Women’s Day 2016

International Women’s Day is annually held on March 8 to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. This year, Bangladesh Mahila Parishad (BMP) planned to address the status of UN CEDAW implementation in Bangladesh. CEDAW is recognized as women human rights bill and considered very important tool of women movement to establish women human rights and women empowerment. In this perspective, International sub-committee organized a sharing meeting on “Review CEDAW implementation status in Bangladesh” on 5th March 2016 at CIRDAP Auditorium 17, Chameli House, Topkhana , Dhaka at 3:30 p.m .    

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Dr.Mizanur Rahman Chairman of  National Human Rights Commission, Bangladesh, Fazilatunnesa Bappy Parliament Member of People’s Republic of Bangladesh, Christine Susan Hunter, Country Representative of UN Women Bangladesh, Neha Kapil Chief, Communication for Development of UNICEF Bangladesh were special guests in the sharing meeting. As well as Argentina Matavel Piccin UNFPA Representative of UNFPA Bangladesh also took part as a guest in the occasion. Ayesha Khanam, President, BMP chaired the sharing meeting. International sub-committee Secretary of BMP, Rekha Saha presented a statement on the Status of CEDAW implementation in Bangladesh: Review of Bangladesh Mahila Parishd.

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Rakhi Das Purkayastha Joint General Secretary of BMP in her welcome speech demanded to ensure gender equality in all spheres of life and full implementation and reification of CEDAW to reduce discrimination against women.

 

Dr.Mizanur Rahman Chairman of National Human Rights Commission Bangladesh said that keeping reservation on article 2 make the signing in CEDAW meaningless. He recommended that attaining equality of men and women need quality education, proper nutrition for women and effective implementation of existing laws and policies.

Fazilatunnesa Bappy Parliament Member of People’s Republic of Bangladesh said, women have many achievements but we demand Full Ratification and Implementation of CEDAW,33% Women Representation at all policy making Levels of the Political Parties and Direct Election in the Reserve Seats for Women in National Parliament.

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Susan Hunter, Country Representative of UN Women Bangladesh said, Taking up the challenges for 50:50 Planet by 2030 really need sincere and effective efforts from Government, civil society  movement , women’s movement, other public institutions, media and also from development partners.

Neha Kapil Chief, Communication for Development of UNICEF Bangladesh said that as a growing Asian Nation Bangladesh has taken many progressive initiatives to address gender equality issues.

 

Ayesha Khanam, President of BMP said, non government organizations have already submitted CEDAW shadow report to the UN CEDAW committee. So, Government should rethink about the issue of reservation on two articles of CEDAW in light of the reality of women’s life and demanded full implementation and ratification of CEDAW.

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On behalf of BMP, Sheuty Sobur member of International sub-committee placed recommendations in the sharing meeting.

 

BMP central Committee members, Social Action committee members, different sub-committee members of BMP, Media representatives, Dhaka city committee members, and staffs of BMP participated the meeting. Total 167 participants participated the meeting.

 

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