UN rights body adopts landmark text on women and conflict
The Geneva-based Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has provided authoritative guidance to countries that have ratified the women’s rights convention on measures they need to take to ensure women’s rights are protected before, during and after conflict. General Recommendation No. 30, adopted on 18 October, states that parties should exercise due diligence in ensuring that non-State actors, such as armed groups and private security contractors, be held accountable for crimes against women. Member States that have ratified the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women are obliged to uphold women’s rights when they are involved in fighting, and when they are providing peacekeeping troops or donor assistance for conflict prevention, humanitarian aid or post-conflict reconstruction, according to the document.

More information: http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/CEDAW/GComments/CEDAW.C.CG.30.pdf

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