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Taiwan's report on CEDAW subject to global experts' review

2018/07/11 20:27:17

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Taipei, July 11 (CNA) Five international experts on women's rights will gather in Taipei next week to review Taiwan's third report under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), according to a government statement released Wednesday.

The Gender Equality Committee (GEC) under the Executive Yuan said in the statement that the quadrennial review of Taiwan's compliance with CEDAW between 2013 and 2016 is scheduled to take place in Taipei for five days, starting July 16.

Taiwan voluntarily signed CEDAW in 2007 and passed a law in 2011 aimed at bringing the country's rules and regulations into line with CEDAW, which has become one of the most important international codes for protecting women's rights.

Since Taiwan is not a member of the United Nations, its ratification of CEDAW, adopted by the U.N. in 1979, is not recognized by the international body.

As with every U.N. convention, all signatory governments have to report on a four-yearly basis to the U.N. commissioners and have each of its reports reviewed by the U.N.

Although Taiwan is not subject to the rule, it released its initial and second reports in 2009 and 2013, each of which was followed by a review by international experts in Taiwan, who gave recommendations to Taiwan on how to promote gender equality.

According to the statement, Taiwan's third report will be reviewed by a group of five international experts -- Heisoo Shin, a visiting professor at Ewha Womans University in South Korea, Niklas Bruun, a Finnish professor of law who served as a member of the CEDAW Committee from 2009-2016, Violeta Neubauer, a Slovenian activist who is a member of the board of administration of the European Women's Lobby, Silvia Pimentel, a member of the Advisory Committee of the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women's Rights, and Bianca Maria Pomeranzi, an Italian who served as a member of the CEDAW Committee from 2012-2016.

(By Shih Hsiu-chuan)