The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) will on Thursday, 9th July 2015 in Geneva examine the fourth and fifth periodic report of The Gambia on the rights of women. Being one of the 189 States parties to the Convention, The Gambia is required to submit regular periodic reports on it’s implementation.
Some of the issues expected to be discussed include:
-Women’s access to justice;
-Measures to tackle female genital mutilation and other forms of violence against women;
-Measures to promote women’s participation in political and public life;
-Decriminalization of abortion;
-Support for women living with HIV/AIDS;
-Situation of rural women;
-Incompatibility of customary and personal laws with the Convention;
-Particularly in regard to marriage;
-Divorce and inheritance;
-Measures to combat child and forced marriage.
The full report can be found here:
The concluding observations on The Gambia and the other States being reviewed – Senegal, Spain, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Croatia, Namibia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – will be published on 27 July and can be found on the link below: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=944&Lang=en