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CEDAW Alternative Report on Violations of Women Rights in Myanmar

The Global Gender Justice Clinic and International Human Rights Clinic are working together to assist the Women's Organization Network of Myanmar (WON) in preparing a report for submission to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee). The report will seek to inform its review of Myanmar's compliance with the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), which is scheduled for July 2016. Based on desk and field research, the report will address women's political participation, women's health and reproductive rights, and the rights of rural women in Myanmar.

In fall 2015, members of the two Clinics traveled to Yangon, where they participated in a workshop with WON members and met with other stakeholders. The Clinics also conducted legal and factual research for WON and provided technical support for a related report by the Global Justice Center, an international NGO. A Clinic team returned to Myanmar in February for further consultations with their WON partners. In spring 2016, the Clinics are assisting WON in analyzing the data it has collected and developing its report for the CEDAW Committee. The Clinics will also support WON as it prepares to conduct advocacy in Geneva, Switzerland, in connection with the CEDAW Committee’s review of Myanmar.

The submission is available here and the support research report is available here.

A group of faculty and students from Cornell Law and partners in Myanmar.