Afghanistan Presents its first report to CEDAW
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Afghanistan presented its first report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discriminations Against Women on the 10th of July 2013.
The Convention on the Elimination of Discriminations Against Women (CEDAW) adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women, which entered into force on 3rd September 1981.
The implementation of CEDAW is monitored by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. State parties must submit a report to the committee every four years, setting out how they are implementing the convention.
Afghanistan signed the convention on 14th August 1980, and acceded to the convention on 4th April 2003. The first report of Afghanistan which was combined of its initial and second periodic report highlighted the achievements of Afghanistan during the last decade in promoting and protecting women's rights and underlined the eras for the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan that are put in place for the improvement of women's conditions in the country. Moreover, it explained the ongoing works and plans of revising Afghanistan law’s to make them consistent with the CEDAW.
The report was presented by a high level delegation headed by Dr. Mohammad Qasem Hashemzai, Senior advisor to the Ministry of Justice and comprised of two deputy ministers from ministry of Women Affairs and ministry of labor, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disableds, Administrative Director General of the Judiciary Supreme Court, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Afghanistan to UN and other International Organizations in Geneva, General Director of Human Rights and women international Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Plan and Policy Department of Ministry of Education, Reporting Desk Officer of Human Rights and Women International Affairs of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Second Secretary and Third Secretary of Permanent Mission of Afghanistan in Geneva.
Minister Amena Afzali attended 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference
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H.E. Amena Afzali, Minister of Labour, Social Affairs, Martyrs and Disabled of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan headed the Afghan delegation to the 102nd Session of the International Labour Conference held from 5 to 20 June 2013 in Geneva.
On 12th June 2013, Minister Afzali made a statement and reiterated the commitment of the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in regards to the implementation of the ILO Conventions and its recommendations, She also reported the completion of the revision of Labour Law, and highlighted the government program which is aimed to tackle unemployment and create sustainable decent work for its citizens.
At the sideline of the International Labour Conference, Afghan Delegation held bilateral meetings with Delegation of the State of Qatar, State of Kuwait, Islamic Republic of Iran, United Arab Emirates, US Delegation and the Director General of ILO.
The meetings discussed bilateral issues of interests of both sides, such as creating work opportunities, technical cooperation, capacity building of the ministry’s employees by providing training courses and holding discussions on working on and finalizing MOUs in regards to sending skilled Afghan labour to Gulf countries.