Statement to the CSW Panel I
"Synergies between national-level implementation
of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the Convention
on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Presented by: Asia-Pacific Caucus
Speaker: Kyoko Tanaka, Japanese Association of International Women's
"Women's rights are human rights",
as emphasized in the Fourth World Conference on Women held in
Beijing in 1995, which is based on the Convention on the Elimination
of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention),
or "the Bill of Rights for Women in the World".
The Asia-Pacific Caucus, consisting of at least 50 organizations,
recognizes that the CEDAW Convention constitutes the legal basis
and the conceptual framework as well as a powerful tool to make
changes at the national level, and requests that the following
are confirmed in the Panel:
||Since 1995, thirty-four countries
have become parties to the CEDAW Convention, making the total
number from 145 to 179. It means that still twelve have not
ratified the CEDAW Convention. These 12 states are strongly
urged to ratify the CEDAW Convention, so that universal ratification
can be achieved.
||The Optional Protocol to the
CEDAW Convention has 71 State Parties as of January 2005.
All the State Parties to the Convention should ratify the
||The General Recommendations of
the CEDAW should be implemented by the State Parties in a
||State Parties to the Convention
are strongly urged to withdraw all reservations.
||The importance of the paragraph
230(g) of the Beijing Platform for Action should be reaffirmed,
by reviewing all national laws, policies, practices and procedures
to ensure that they meet the obligations set out in the Convention.
||A Special Rapporteur
on Laws that Discriminate Against Women should be appointed
by CSW, as a new and innovative mechanism to strengthen the
functionality of the CEDAW Committee in order to ensure the
achievement of the full legal equality between women and men,
a cornerstone for the effective implementation of the Beijing
Platform for Action.
We, the Asia-Pacific Caucus, strongly endorse
these recommendations, in the recognition that the CEDAW Convention
and the Beijing Platform for Action are the two major locomotives
to achieve gender equality.