Islamabad: Ms. Pramila Patten, member CEDAW and Alice Shickfield from UN WOMEN called on the Advisor to Prime Minister on Human Rights, Mr. Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar on 16th of December at his office. The Delegation discussed the process of preparation of report on CEDAW (the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women) in the post 18th Amendment scenario where many subjects have been devolved to the provinces. Ms. Pramila Patten offered that the CEDAW experts would help the Ministry in preparation of the report and the capacity building. In this connection mock sessions would be organized to build the capacity of the state actors involved in the process of completion of report, thus removing lack of understanding and clarity on the treaty obligations. Pakistan which has acceded to the Convention is now legally bound to put its provisions into practice and also committed to submit national reports on measures taken to comply with the treaty obligations.
The convention obliges Pakistan to submit to the Secretary-General a report on the legislative, judicial, and administrative measures adopted to implement the convention. After submission of the report, the CEDAW Committee would formulate concluding comments which outline factors and difficulties affecting the implementation of the convention and principal subjects of concern and suggestions and recommendations to enhance implementation of the Convention.
The Advisor stressed on the need that the conventions should not only be ratified but also implemented through domestic legislation and processes since the devolution of many subjects. In this connection, the consultative process of Universal Periodic Report (UPR) will be linked to the process of completion of CEDAW Report.
He also mentioned about the legislative initiative for enhancing gender equality in Pakistan and formation of National Commission on Women (NCW) with more financial and administrative autonomy.
Alice Shickfield and Parmila Patten appreciated the role of the Advisor in the withdrawal of reservations and ratifications of different conventions and expressed their interest to engage in a consultative process in the reporting mechanism on CEDAW Convection and UPR 2012 which are essential for creating a good will for Pakistan at International level.
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