Posted by: africanpressorganization | 13 July 2015

Namibia’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee


Namibia’s record on women’s rights to face scrutiny by UN Committee


GENEVA, Switzerland, July 13, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Namibia’s record on women’s rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Thursday 16 July in meetings that will be webcast live.


Namibia is one of the 189 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and so is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention.


The Committee will engage in a dialogue with a delegation from the Namibian Government on questions relating to the promotion and protection of women’s rights in the country, and will also hear from NGO representatives. The session will take place in Conference Room XVI at Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10:00 – 17:00 (09:00 – 16.00 in Namibia.) The live webcast can be viewed at


Among the possible issues to be discussed are: measures to resolve inconsistencies between statutory and customary law; measures to combat violence against women, in particular rape and domestic violence; prejudices against women victims of violence, in particular by law enforcement officials; deep-rooted traditional stereotypes on role of women; forced/coerced sterilization, in particular of HIV-positive women.


Namibia’s report and further information can be found at:


The concluding observations on Namibia and the other States being reviewed – Senegal, Spain, The Gambia, Viet Nam, Bolivia, Croatia and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines – will be published on 27July here:



United Nations – Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)


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