Sixty-third session (15 February – 4 March 2016) Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women/ Geneva

A delegation of Udisha consisting of five members- Sh. Rakesh Gaur, Founder President, Sh. Hukam Singh, President, Sh. Manvinder Singh, Executive Member and Sh. Raghav Gaur, Youth Coordinator and Smt. Saroj Bala, Member attended the sixty-third session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 15 February to 4 March 2016. The Committee held 21 plenary meetings, and also held 9 meetings to discuss various agenda items.
At its sixty-third session, the Committee considered the reports of eight States parties submitted under article 18 of the Convention: the sixth periodic report of Czech Republic; the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Iceland; the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Japan; the combined eighth and ninth periodic reports of Haiti; the combined eighth and ninth periodic reports of Mongolia; the combined eighth and ninth periodic reports of Sweden; the combined seventh and eighth periodic reports of Tanzania; and the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Vanuatu. The Committee prepared concluding observations on each of the reports considered.
The session was opened by the Chairperson of the Committee, Yoko Hayashi, at its 1373rd meeting on 15 February 2016. On 15 and 22 February 2016, the Committee held closed meetings with representatives of specialized agencies and United Nations funds and programmes, as well as other intergovernmental organizations, during which country-specific information was provided, as well as information on the efforts made by those bodies to support the implementation of the Convention.
Also on 15 and 22 February, the Committee held informal public meetings with representatives of non-governmental organizations who provided information on the implementation of the Convention in the States parties considered by the Committee at its sixty-third session. The delegates from Udisha attended the meeting of the Committee on 22 February, which was open for representatives of the NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC or other UN Agencies. During the meeting country specific information was provided and also information on the efforts made by those bodies to support the implementation of the Convention was discussed. The delegates gained knowledge about the problem of discrimination against women in various countries and efforts being made to eliminate the same.
On 24 February, the Committee held a private expert consultation with Mary Honeyball, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Member United Kingdom Labour Party, and Patrick Eba, Human Rights and Law Adviser, UNAIDS, to discuss different approaches to trafficking, exploitation of prostitution and prostitution. The expert meeting was hosted by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights under the Geneva Treaty Body Platform.
All the delegates were very much pleased to get this opportunity and hoped to attend more meetings in future, where the reports of India would be scheduled to be discussed.