UN meets to discuss Portugal’s discrimination against women

Portugal is one of 11 countries to be assessed by the United Nations’ Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Coming together to see how countries treat the women, the committee will be focusing on Portugal next Wednesday (October 28).

United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Slovakia, Lebanon, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Russia, Uzbekistan and Timor-Leste are other nations under scrutiny.

After each meeting, CEDAW will report on each country’s situation and suggest recommendations on how they should improve.

The Committee is described as “the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women”, instituted in 1981 and ratified by 189 states.

It consists of 23 experts on women’s rights from around the world, and is headed by Japanese lawyer Yoko Hayashi.

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