in partnership with the Austrian Embassy in London
14 October 2015
Speakers: Jane Connors, Lilian Hofmeister
Chair: Christine Chinkin
The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW or the ‘Women’s Convention’) remains one of the most innovative human rights treaties, with a revolutionary objective of achieving transformative equality. It has been used in multiple ways by women around the world. In the past twenty-five years its scope has been expanded by the adoption of General Recommendations: guidance for States’ parties on the use of the Convention in particular situations. Landmark General Recommendation 30 set out the measures States should take to ensure women’s human rights are protected before, during and after conflict. In 2015 the Committee adopted a further General Recommendation on Access to Justice seeking to eliminate the de facto impunity that prevents women seeking redress. In this event, leading CEDAW experts will explore the evolution of the Convention and the current challenges it faces, particularly in conflict-affected situations.
Jane Connors is former Chief of the Women's Rights Division in the UN where she was responsible for the oversight of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She has written widely on the human rights of women and the treaty body system.
Lilian Hofmeister is an Austrian human rights expert and a current member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. She is expert in the field of advancement of women’s rights, women’s access to justice and in particular elimination of discrimination against women. She serves as Substitute Justice at the Austrian Constitutional Court.
Christine Chinkin (chair) is Director of the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security and Emerita Professor of International Law.
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