Nicole Ameline, candidate for the United Nations Committee for the elimination of discrimination against women (CEDAW)


France presents the candidacy of Nicole Ameline for a seat on the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination against Women for the period 2021-2024. The twenty first Meeting of States parties to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women and the election of 11 members of the Committee will take place in New York, on 2 September 2020.

The Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women

The Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), also known as the CEDAW Committee, was created by the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (the Convention) adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on December 18, 1979 and entered into force on September 3, 1981. Composed of 23 international experts on the rights of women elected by the 189 States parties to the Convention, it has been mandated by the United Nations to monitor the implementation of the Convention.

The essential role of CEDAW is to examine and analyze the situation of women in the countries under review, through a report that the States Parties are required to present periodically as well as through the answers to the questions asked during the discussion with the experts. The concluding observations constitute the committee’s assessment and its suggestions and advice in order to resolve the difficulties, problems and challenges faced by women. Actions and steps are also suggested to the government.

In accordance with the Optional Protocol to the Convention, the Committee is mandated to:

1. receive communications from individuals or groups of individuals submitting claims of violations of rights protected under the Convention to the Committee and
2. initiate inquiries into situations of grave or systematic violations of women’s rights. These procedures are optional and are only available where the State concerned has accepted them.

The Committee also formulates general recommendations and suggestions. General recommendations are directed to States and concern articles or themes in the Conventions.

Nicole Ameline’s candidacy

Women are the driving forces of sustainable change - Nicole Ameline

Commitment to the Treaty Committee System and to the Sustainable Development Goals

A member of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Nicole Ameline is internationally recognized for her commitment to women’s rights. Ms. Ameline has recognized expertise within the Committee, of which she served as Chairperson from 2013 to February 2015 and has been Vice-Chairperson since the beginning of 2019. Ms. Ameline sees her mandate in the broader context of meeting the conditions for achieving sustainable development goals, including Goal 5 on gender parity. Ms. Ameline is committed to ensuring that the Committee’s work take into account issues related to the empowerment of women in the modern economy.

Ministerial and institutional experience

French Minister for Parity and Professional Equality from 2002 to 2004, former Member of Parliament, member of the Parliamentary Assembly, Ms Ameline has made a major contribution to the definition of a policy for equal pay between women and men, the development and implementation of a plan for the empowerment of women and the introduction of legislation to combat domestic violence.

A former representative of the French government at the ILO and former ambassador in charge of social issues and parity in international relations, Ms. Ameline has extensive expertise on the social dimension of globalization and on supporting access to women politicians.

Commitment to the "Women, Peace and Security" agenda»

A jurist by training and committed to a gender-sensitive approach to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Ms. Ameline has demonstrated her strong belief in the importance of gender parity. In her work within the CEDAW, she has focused on education and professional equality, health and the fight against all forms of violence, as well as the essential contribution of women to peace and development, including in crisis and conflict areas, where she has made numerous visits.

Candidate’s motivation

Time has come to realize the promise of equality.

CEDAW Convention is the fundamental foundation that can ensure genuine respect and promotion of women’s rights.

I devoted my life to building a fairer world not only for women but with them.

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