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Input sought for next Nigeria CEDAW report

12 September 2013, 18:00

Abuja - The Minister of Women Affairs and Social Development, Hajiya Zainab Maina, has called for support from all stakeholders as her ministry compiles the seventh and eighth periodic reports to the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Maina said the Government was making efforts to submit the combined reports on or before July 2014 and thus was requesting cooperation and support especially from civil society organizations, states, other ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

She urged the stakeholders to provide their input to the team that is compiling the report.

Maina said the final report would highlight and give an overview of progress made, constraints and challenges encountered in promoting the
status of women including prospects in line with the provisions of the convention from July 2006 to July 2014.

Nigeria, as a member of the United Nations was among the first countries in Africa to sign and ratify CEDAW in 1985 and 1986 respectively.

The signing and ratification makes it obligatory for Nigeria to implement the provisions of the convention and report back to the CEDAW Committee of Experts every four years.

The country has submitted six reports to the Committee since it signed and ratified the convention.

“The Committee in its concluding recommendations after the defence of the sixth report in July 2008 requested Nigeria to submit its seventh and eighth periodic report in a combined form by July 2014,” said Maina.

“Coincidentally, Nigeria is currently a member of the CEDAW Committee of Experts and is being represented by Oby Nwankwo, and that places a great burden on us all to ensure our Report is comprehensive,” she added.

- CAJ News


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