Report: Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women considers report of Côte d’Ivoire

Published on ReliefWeb.int/Update, October 17, 2011.

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women today considered the combined initial, second and third periodic report of Côte d’Ivoire on how that country is implementing the provisions of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. 

Introducing the report, Raymonde Coffie Goudou, Minister for Family, Women and Children, said that the fact that women had positions in the Government was testimony to the State’s commitment to promoting women’s rights. The crisis in Côte d’Ivoire had aggravated levels of violence against women, and several measures had been taken to combat violence, including a unit for victims, health centres throughout the country and a determination to prosecute perpetrators of violence against women. Women’s quality of life needed to be improved and Côte d’Ivoire needed to combat issues including extreme poverty, illiteracy, gender based violence, female genital mutilation, stereotypes, HIV/AIDS and child labour. The new Government wanted to adopt new, innovative and sustainable policies to install and uphold the rights of women, and had demonstrated political will by taking steps including ratification of the Optional Protocol of the CEDAW Convention … //

… Concluding Remarks:

In concluding remarks RAYMONDE COFFIE GOUDOU, Minister for Family, Women and Children, said that they were looking forward to continued support from the Committee and reaffirmed the commitment of the Ivoirian people to continue to work to overcome that tragic part of their history and to completely eliminate all discrimination and move towards the rebirth of Côte d’Ivoire.

In preliminary concluding remarks, SILVIA PIMENTEL, Chairperson of the Committee, thanked the delegation for their insight into the situation of women’s rights in Côte d’Ivoire, commended them for their efforts and encouraged the State party to take all necessary measures to address all of the recommendations of the Committee for the benefit of all women and girls in Côte d’Ivoire.

For use of the information media; not an official record. (full long text,  inkluding Presentation of the Report, Questions by Experts and Responses by the Delegation).

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