Ghanaian re-elected to serve on UN committee against discrimination of women

A lawyer, Ms Hillary Amesika Gbedemah, has been re-elected to serve as a member on the 11-member board of the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).

Ms Gbedemah who is a gender consultant with a 38-year legal experience was re-elected for another four year term. She polled 95 votes in the election that took place at the United Nations headquarters in New York during 19 meeting of the state parties.

President Mahama earlier this year (2016) re-nominated Ms Gbedemah for the elections. 25 candidates vied from the 11 available slots to replace current members whose tenure ends on December 31 2016.

The Committee is mandated to monitor the progress made by women member States of the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. The committee also makes recommendations on issues it believes are affecting women for State parties to pay  more attention to.

The committee reviews national reports submitted by the States after one year of ratification and submits subsequent ones every four years. The member States report on national actions taken to upgrade the situation of women afterwhich the committee makes recommendations.

The re-elected committee member was grateful President Mahama re-nominated her and also thanked the staff of the Ghana Mission in UN for making her re-election possible.


Source: pulse.com.gh

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