Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School

Submission to the CEDAW Committee on the Gender-related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change

As part of an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) on women's rights issues in Asia, the Global Gender Justice Clinic partnered with CRR in February 2016 to develop a submission to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) on reproductive rights, sexual violence, child marriage, and access to justice issues faced by women and girls in post-disaster settings. Drawing on examples from responses to the recent disasters in Nepal (the 2015 earthquakes) and the Philippines (Typhoon Haiyan in 2013), the submission documented how violations of women's and girls' rights increase following natural disasters and provided recommendations on how to prevent and respond to these violations. The submission will be used by the CEDAW Committee to develop a General Recommendation on "The Gender-related Dimensions of Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change," guiding states on their obligations under the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in this regard. 

The submission is available here.


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