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Ghana's record on women's rights to face scrutiny by UN committee

By United Nations - Office of the UN High Commissione
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GENEVA, Switzerland, October 20, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Ghana's record on women's rights will be examined by the UN Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) on Friday 24 October 2014 in meetings that will be webcast live.

Ghana is one of the 188 States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and is required to submit regular reports to the Committee of 23 independent experts on how it is implementing the Convention.

Among the issues likely to be discussed by the Committee and the delegation of the government of Ghana are: measures to eliminate harmful practices against women, such as widowhood rites, FGM, ritual or customary slavery, polygamy, child marriage; measures to tackle violence against women believed to be witches; challenges in investigating and prosecuting cases of domestic violence; steps taken to ensure the effective political participation of women at all levels; cross-border and internal trafficking in women and girls; women's land, property and housing rights.

Location: Room XVI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Time and date: 10.00 – 17:00 (08:00 – 15:00 in Accra), 24 October

The webcast of the session will be at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/.

Ghana's report and a full list of issues that are likely to come up can be found here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=816&Lang=en

A news conference is scheduled for 7 November at 13:30, Palais des Nations, to discuss CEDAW's concluding observations on Ghana and the other countries being reviewed – Venezuela; Poland; China, China (Hong Kong) and China (Macao); Belgium; Brunei Darussalam; Guinea; and Solomon Islands. The concluding observations will be published on 7 November here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=816&Lang=en