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Tshabalala-Msimang to release draft CEDAW report: 14 November

13 November 2008

13 November 2008

The Minister in the Presidency, Dr Manto Tshabalala-Msimang will release a draft report on the progress made in the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), ratified by South Africa in 1995.

The Convention stresses the equal rights of men and women and seeks to eliminate any gender-based discrimination.

As a signatory to the Convention, South Africa is required to submit a report to the United Nations on the legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures which the country has adopted to give effect to the provisions of the Convention and on the progress made in this respect, at least every four years.

The minister will release the draft report to the country before its submission to the UN CEDAW Committee.

Members of the media are invited to cover the event as follows:

Date: Friday, 14 November 2008
Venue: Southern Sun Hotel, corner Beatrix and Pretorius Streets, Arcadia, Pretoria
09:30 - 11:30 1. Opening Address: Dr. Manto Tshabala-Msimang
2. Brief input on process of initial CEDAW report: Dr Ellen Kornegay
3. Presentation on CEDAW report: OSW
4. Recommendations of the UN CEDAW Committee, and influence on the current report: Advocate Thuli Madonsela
5. UN CEDAW reporting process: Department of Foreign Affairs
6. Response by:
      - Joint Monitoring Committee, National Parliament
      - Commission on Gender Equality, Ms Nomboniso Gasa
      - SAWID, Ms Hazel Gumede Shelton
11:30 - 13:00 Open discussion and response by Government panel
(members of the media to take leave)
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
14:00 - 14:30 The way forward
14:30 - 15:00 Closing remarks: Dr Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang

Pheliswa Sebati
Tel: 012 314 2207
Cell: 082 413 4609

Godfrey Nematenda
Cell: 079 500 5555

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)

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