Pre-sessional working group
5–9 July 2021
Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under article 18 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
Report of the pre-sessional working group
1.It is the practice of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to convene a pre-sessional working group for five days to prepare lists of issues and questions relating to the periodic reports that will be considered by the Committee at an upcoming session.
2.The Committee decided that, owing to the ongoing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the pre-sessional working group for the eighty-first session of the Committee would, exceptionally, meet remotely from 5 to 9 July 2021, immediately after the seventy-ninth session, which was also held remotely, in order to ensure that sufficient time would be available to States parties to submit their written replies to the list of issues and questions and to ensure their timely translation.
3.The following experts were designated as members of the pre-sessional working group and attended the session:
Ana Peláez Narváez
Elgun Safarov Firdovsi
4.The pre-sessional working group elected Ms. Al-Rammah as its Chair.
5.The pre-sessional working group prepared lists of issues and questions with regard to the reports of Armenia, Djibouti, Finland, Georgia, Honduras and Turkey, in addition to lists of issues prior to reporting for Estonia, the Netherlands and the Niger. The pre-sessional working group was guided by Committee decisions 49/IX, 59/IV and 64/II, according to which the Committee decided to limit lists of issues and questions and lists of issues prior to reporting to 20 and 25 paragraphs, respectively. However, in practice and exceptionally, some lists of issues and questions contain a maximum of 24 paragraphs.
6.To assist in the preparation of the lists of issues and questions, the pre-sessional working group had at its disposal electronic versions of the core documents of the States parties listed above. It also had at its disposal the reports of the States parties listed above, with the exception of Estonia, the Netherlands and the Niger, which will submit their periodic reports in response to the list of issues prior to reporting. It further had before it the general recommendations adopted by the Committee; draft lists of issues and questions and lists of issues prior to reporting prepared by the secretariat; and other pertinent information, including concluding observations of the Committee and other treaty bodies, as relevant. In preparing the lists, the pre‑sessional working group paid particular attention to the States parties’ follow-up to the concluding observations of the Committee on their previous reports.
7.The pre-sessional working group benefited from written and oral information submitted by entities of the United Nations system and non-governmental organizations, as well as national human rights institutions, with regard to the States parties listed above.
8.The lists of issues and questions and lists of issues prior to reporting adopted by the pre-sessional working group were transmitted to the States parties concerned and are contained in the following documents:
(a)List of issues and questions in relation to the seventh periodic report of Armenia (CEDAW/C/ARM/Q/7);
(b)List of issues and questions in relation to the combined fourth and fifth periodic reports of Djibouti (CEDAW/C/DJI/Q/4-5);
(c)List of issues and questions in relation to the eighth periodic report of Finland (CEDAW/C/FIN/Q/8);
(d)List of issues and questions in relation to the sixth periodic report of Georgia (CEDAW/C/GEO/Q/6);
(e)List of issues and questions in relation to the ninth periodic report of Honduras (CEDAW/C/HND/Q/9);
(f)List of issues and questions in relation to the eighth periodic report of Turkey (CEDAW/C/TUR/Q/8);
(g)List of issues and questions prior to the submission of the seventh periodic report of Estonia (CEDAW/C/EST/QPR/7);
(h)List of issues and questions prior to the submission of the seventh periodic report of the Netherlands (CEDAW/C/NLD/QPR/7);
(i)List of issues and questions prior to the submission of the fifth periodic report of the Niger (CEDAW/C/NER/QPR/5).
9.In accordance with Committee decisions 22/IV, 25/II and 31/III, the lists of issues and questions focused on themes addressed by the Convention, as well as on the linkages between relevant themes and the Sustainable Development Goals. Those themes include the constitutional and legislative framework; the legal status and implementation of the Convention; the visibility of the Convention, the Optional Protocol and the Committee’s general recommendations; women’s access to justice; women and peace and security; national machinery for the advancement of women; national human rights institutions; temporary special measures for the advancement of women; stereotypes and harmful practices; gender-based violence against women and girls; trafficking in women and girls and exploitation of prostitution; participation of women in political and public life; nationality; education; employment; health; economic empowerment and social benefits; climate change and disaster risk reduction; rural women; equality in marriage and family relations; the impact of COVID-19 on women’s rights and gender equality; women’s leadership in decision-making on post-COVID-19 recovery frameworks; and intersecting forms of discrimination faced by disadvantaged groups of women, such as older women, rural women, women with disabilities, women living with HIV/AIDS, women using drugs or abusing alcohol, women in detention, indigenous women, women of African descent, women human rights defenders, women in poverty, women and girls in street situations, women belonging to ethnic minority groups, migrant women, internally displaced women, asylum-seeking, refugee and stateless women, and lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex women.