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* A CEDAW Consultative Meeting was held in Bangkok from 16 to 18 February. Participants comprised representatives from NGOs, the CEDAW Committee, Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), UNDP's Asia-Pacific Gender Equality Network and UNIFEM. It focused on UNIFEM's forthcoming South East Asia CEDAW Implementation Project. The proposed four-year project is designed to support and further CEDAW implementation in the region by building and supporting government and NGO capacity in relation to the Convention and to strengthen their cooperation in implementation and monitoring. It will be implemented by the UNIFEM-Bangkok office in those countries covered by CIDA's SEA region: Cambodia, East Timor, Lac PDR, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The objectives of the project are to: 1) Build governments' capacity to understand their obligations under the Convention, determine the necessary steps to implement the Convention and enhance their ability to report in a timely and appropriate manner to the Committee; 2) Build NGOs' capacity to use the Convention for their advocacy work and to advocate for and monitor the implementation of the Convention; 3) Facilitate constructive dialogue and meaningful, concrete engagement at the national level between government and civil society; and 4) Create a regional knowledge network consisting of government, NGOs and independent experts that will facilitate the exchange of lessons learned, best practices and expertise. The project's activities will focus on three strategies: capacity-building, monitoring and developing a knowledge base around the CEDAW Convention. All of the activities will involve consultation with governments and NGOs to determine the gender issues of most pressing concern nationally, and the analysis of these issues within the framework of CEDAW articles, principles and obligations. The outputs will include increased skill in CEDAW implementation and monitoring for governments and NGOs and an expanded base of CEDAW expertise, lessons learned and best practices nationally and regionally. The outcome will include a change in national policies, programmes and laws to better reflect CEDAW principles, thereby advancing gender equality. The Convention will also be used more to address gender-based discrimination. The project impact, meanwhile, will be seen in terms of the upholding of women's human rights in the SEA region by laws and policies that fully reflect CEDAW principles.

Source: UNIFEM. 2002. "UNIFEM's South East Asia CEDAW Implementation Project: An Overview". Concept paper presented at the CEDAW Consultative Meeting in Bangkok, 16-18 February. pp.1-4.
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Title Annotation:United Nations Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Publication:Arrows For Change
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Date:May 1, 2002
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