United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Committee on Women and Development (CWD)

HISTORY AND PRESENT STATUS

The Committee on Women and Development (CWD), previously known as the African Regional Co-ordination Committee for the Integration of Women in Development, was established as a subsidiary organ by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) under resolution 826 (XXXII). This is in line with the system-wide reform of the United Nations as well as a restructuring process by the UNECA in order to better respond to Africa’s needs and challenges. The CWD serves as a forum for experts and policy-makers that advise the Commission in matters of women’s advancement.

There are currently 18 governmental members of the Committee: Algeria, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Côte d’ Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

Intergovernmental organisations such as the African Union, the African development Bank and the UNECA are all represented. Additionally, there are numerous rural, regional and sub-regional non-governmental organisations as well as resource persons who are also members.

At present, the Bureau of the CWD comprises of 6 elected members.

OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND COOPERATING ORGANISATIONS

Department of Social Development
Department of Justice and Constitutional Development
Office on the Status of Women in the Presidency
Commission on Gender Equality
Women's National Coalition

RELEVANT TREATIES/PROTOCOLS ETC.

Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979) (RSA ratified: 15 December 1995).

Convention on the Political Rights of Women (1952) (RSA signed: 29 January 1993).

Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages (1962) (RSA acceded: 29 January 1993).

Convention on the Nationality of Married Women (1957) (RSA signed: 29 January 1993).

Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (In the process of ratification).

SADC Declaration for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Children (RSA signed: 8 September 1997).

Addendum to the 1997 SADC Declaration on Gender and Development for the Prevention and Eradication of Violence Against Women and Children (RSA signed: 14 September 1998).

Optional Protocol on trafficking in Persons, especially Women and Children to the Convention against Transnational Crime (RSA signed: during signing ceremony of the Palermo conference, 12-15 December)

GENERAL COMMENTS

South Africa will automatically become a Bureau member when it assumes chairmanship of the African Union in 2002.


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