Forum discussion on CEDAW concluding observations organized by National Committee on Women
5th of May 2017
At the Auditorium of the Early Childhood Development Project, 6th Floor, Sethsiripaya, Stage II, Battaramulla
Report on Forum discussion on CEDAW Concluding observations-1
National level awareness programme for public sector officials - Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) Beijing Declaration and plat from for Action.
Ministry of Women’s Affairs is the sole responsible agency on implementation of CEDAW and Beijing declaration and platform for action that are ratified by Sri Lanka. One day national level awareness programme for public sector officials on above convention was conducted on 29th May 2015 at Sri Lanka foundation institute. Staff officers and other officials from government Ministries like Education, Health and Indigenous Medicine, Tourism and Sports, Power and Energy, Agriculture, Resettlement , Reconstruction and Hindu Religious Affairs , Justice ,Land, Civil Aviation and State Ministry of Youth Affairs and officers of Ministry of Women’s Affairs including Gender Focal Points have participated to the workshop. This workshop was organized by National Committee on Woman , Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
Mrs. Dhara Wijethilaka Secretary, Ministry of Higher Education and Research as a resource person pointed out CEDAW reporting and Director, Ministry of External Affairs, Mr.Chandana Weerasena, brought out the significance of International Conventions. Mrs.Swarna Sumanasekara ,Chairperson NCW highlighted the Beijing declaration and platform for action. Moreover, significance of CEDAW is indicated by Mrs.Sairini Siriwardana of United Nations. Mrs.Sudharma Karunarathna, Secretary to the Ministry of Women’s Affairs focused the attention towards CEDAW , requirement to formulate project on Beijing declaration and receiving financial assistance to aforesaid projects. And also requested to make aware senior officials of the relevant Ministries about this workshop. Open discussion was carried out with participants at the end.
VISITING OF THE CEDAW EXPERT
United Nation’s CEDAW Expert, Vice-Chair of CEDAW Committee Mrs. Pramila Patten visited the Ministry on 13th January 2016 and participated at a discussion organized by National Committee on Women which was Chaired by the Secretary of Ministry of Women & Child Affairs Mrs. Chandrani Senarathne. In addition to the Heads of the Ministry the Country Director of FOKUS & her Officers also participated at the discussion.
Mrs. Patten explained the importance of CEDAW Reporting and specially focused on providing information on war affected women.
She also emphasized on CEDAW comments in the Ministry’s Work Plan. She mentioned that organizing a mocking session is important prior to Sri Lankan Report taking up next year. Eighth periodic report will be reviewed by the Committee on July this year and the comments on the report will be dispatched and the reporting country has to send further information on the matters raised.