Series of orientation on CEDAW for parliamentarians and government officials organizedDec 4, 2012
Nay Pyi Taw - Series of orientation seminars on Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) were organized in early November for officials from judiciary, legislation and executive branches in Myanmar in an attempt to enhance knowledge and understanding of the convention and its applications so as to better prepare the report the Government of Myanmar will submit in 2014. It included:
- A seminar on CEDAW and the role of parliamentarians;
- A seminar on CEDAW and the justice sector;
- A seminar on CEDAW in the context of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care; and
- A seminar on CEDAW and its implementation.
The seminars contributed to increase the knowledge and understanding of CEDAW and of the needs for legal and policy reform on a wide range of issues including sexual and gender based violence.
In addition, the orientation significantly supported for finalization of the National Strategic Plan for Advancement of Women (2012-2021), which is in line with CEDAW, Beijing Platform for Action, and Millennium Development Goals, to create viable platform for addressing issues.
The orientation seminars were organized from 1 to 9 November by the UN Gender Theme Group, UN Women, and Office of the High Commissioner for the Human Rights in collaboration with the Department of Social Welfare and Health, Department of Health (National AIDS Programme), Parliamentarian Committee on Population and Social Development, and Attorney General’s Office.
Myanmar is signatory to the Convention since 1997 and has stated its commitment to international agreements for improving the situation of women, including the Millennium Declaration and the Millennium Development Goals, the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and the International Conference on Population and Development. However, full implementation of the Convention is an ongoing challenge in Myanmar.
Government ministries are leading a number of initiations for implementation of the Convention with the support of gender groups, and now is the most appropriate period for UN agencies in Myanmar to strengthen national capacity on gender equality.
Alex Nyi Nyi Aung, Communications Analyst