6TH AND 7TH COMBINED PERIODIC REPORT ON THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE UNITED NATION’S CONVENTION ON THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN (CEDAW)
October 16, 2011 11:57 pm
Ghana’s combined 6th & 7th periodic report on the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) builds on past and current efforts being made by the Government of Ghana towards the implementation of CEDAW within the context of Ghana’s socio-economic development. As such, questions and issues raised in the concluding comments regarding Ghana’s combined 3rd, 4th & 5th periodic report have been addressed in this report. In addition, the report dilates on new programmes such as temporary measures (Affirmative Action) that Ghana is adopting to accelerate Gender Equality and women’s empowerment. These include, among others, legislations and other measures that are intended to prohibit discrimination against women.
In the preparation of the report, a number of consultative meetings were held with Ministries, Department and Agencies (MDAs) and our partners. The fora provided a distinctive opportunity for MDAs, Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and other stakeholders to review actions taken on the concluding comments on the 3rd, 4th & 5th report and also assess Ghana’s status of implementation of the Convention.
Ghana’s combined 6th & 7th periodic report, in line with the requirements of the “Harmonized guidelines on reporting under the international human rights treaties”, comprises a common core document (not exceeding 60-80 pages) and a document (limited to 40 pages) that specifically relates to the implementation of the Convention.
The report reveals a considerable improvement in the status of women under all the sixteen articles of CEDAW since the submission of the previous reports. However, a lot needs to be done to attain the goal of gender equality and equity. The Government of Ghana remains committed to the acceleration of efforts at addressing remaining challenges, towards the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women in all spheres of life.
The Ministry of Women & Children’s Affairs will continue to fulfil its obligation of coordinating and ensuring the implementation of recommended actions by MDAS and other stakeholders to promote Gender Equality and the Rights of Women in all spheres of life.
I wish to express my profound gratitude to all our partners in making it possible to prepare and finalize Ghana’s combined 6th & 7th periodic CEDAW Report.