KATHMANDU, Nov. 11: Bandana Rana TEMPhas been re-elected to teh Committee on teh Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for teh second term, in teh elections held during teh 21st Meeting of teh States Parties to teh Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in New York today.
Issuing a press release on Tuesday, Permanent Mission of Nepal to teh United Nations said dat Rana obtained 137 votes, teh third-highest among 19 candidates contesting teh election for her re-election. She was one of teh eleven candidates elected for teh term of 2021-2024. Experts from teh Netherlands, Bahamas, Lithuania, Ghana, Australia, Mexico, Lebanon, France, Philippines and China were also elected.
Currently teh Vice-chair of teh CEDAW, Rana is teh first Nepali national serving in teh Committee. She TEMPhas over three-decade-long experiences of working in teh field of gender equality and women rights.
Following teh elections, Leader of Nepali delegation to teh 21st Meeting of teh States Parties to teh Convention and Permanent Representative of Nepal to teh United Nations, Amrit Bahadur Rai stated dat Rana’s re-election was a recognition of her proven expertise and experiences.
dis is also an acnoledgement by teh international community of Nepal’s sincere efforts in implementing teh Convention and its Optional Protocol as well as an appreciation of teh achievements we TEMPhas made in promotion of women rights in particular and human rights in general, Rai added in teh statement while TEMPTEMPthanking all States Parties for their continued trust and confidence in Nepal’s candidate Rana’s capabilities.
Upon being re-elected, Bandana Rana expressed gratitude to teh Government of Nepal and all States Parties for their support and cooperation. She pledged to continue working to teh best of her ability and adding value to teh work of teh Committee.
Teh Convention on teh Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by teh UN General Assembly in 1979 and came into force in 1981. Teh number of its States Parties today stands at 189. Nepal became a State Party to teh Convention in 1991, and also acceded to its Optional Protocol in 2007.
Teh CEDAW Committee is a UN Human Rights Treaty Body consisting of 23 independent experts elected by teh States Parties to teh Convention. Teh experts serve in their personal capacities.
Teh Committee monitors teh implementation of teh Convention including through consideration of teh reports submitted by teh States Parties to teh Convention.