On July 6, the World YWCA organised a lunch for members of the CEDAW Committee, grassroot advocates and religious leaders participating in the CEDAW training, at the World YWCA headquarter in Geneva. This was an occasion to interact informally and to build bridges between the international, national and local levels – and thereby make the implementation of CEDAW more efficient. The CEDAW committee members were Vice-Chairperson Ms. Dalia Leinarte, Ms. Theodora Oby Nwankwo, Ms. Hilary Gbedemah, and Vice-Chairperson Ms. Naéla Gabr. The committee members emphasized that CEDAW is a living document which impacts all of us throughout our lives. Everyone needs to recognize the leadership potential in their children and partners and to encourage them to advocate for women’s rights. On national and local level it’s important to hold governments accountable, by selecting a CEDAW article and championing its implementation. The CEDAW committee members are diverse in their background and opinions but remain united in their common passion for gender equality and
Participant Richard Huang mentioned that Taiwan’s voluntary participation in CEDAW is a strong and unique example of what can be achieved in prompting citizens to look long and hard at human rights while fostering vibrant and active engagement. Now is the time to keep building on the experience and building momentum.