The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has begun a series of trainings on the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Shadow Report Writing and Advocacy.
OHCHR is providing technical and financial support to the Civil Society Organization Human Rights Advocacy Platform to build the capacity of women rights advocates in drafting CEDAW Shadow Reports.
The first in a series of three trainings has just ended in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County with 34 participants (21 female, 13 male) from 16-17 March 2021. The training was funded by the Spotlight Initiative; a global, multi-year partnership between the European Union and the United Nations to eliminate all forms of violence against women and girls by 2030.
The CEDAW Shadow Writing and Reporting training includes sessions on the monitoring of CEDAW implementation, advocacy strategies and human rights data collection. The trainings will produce a draft shadow report of the Human Rights Advocacy Platform for the forthcoming CEDAW State report review of Liberia.
The series of trainings are intended to strengthen the capacity of women human rights defenders to advocate for the implementation of recommendations from the Treaty Bodies, Special Procedures and Human Rights Council Working Group on Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The trainings are also intended to train WRDs to develop CEDAW shadow treaty report.
Liberia is a party to the CEDAW and pursuant to Article 18 of the Convention, has recently prepared its periodic State Report on the legislative, judicial, administrative or other measures which they have adopted to give effect to the provisions of the Convention and on the progress made in this respect. Under the Rules of Procedure of the CEDAW Committee, civil society organizations (CSOs) are expected to prepare shadow reports, which add to and/or give their own evidence account of CEDAW implementation in Liberia.
The trainings will target a total of ninety (90) participants in three different 2 days trainings for women human rights defenders in Zwedru, Grand Geddeh; Ganta, Nimba (for Nimba and Lofa participants); and Sinje, Grand Cape Mount (for Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount participants).
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