Blog by Dr Evelyn Collins CBE, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission NI
Chief Executive Dr Evelyn Collins chaired an event recently that focussed on the significant work going on across Northern Ireland relating to the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW
) - an international human rights treaty dealing with equality between women and men in all areas of life.
The United Nations Committee, which monitors how countries are fulfilling their obligations under CEDAW, will be conducting a formal examination of the United Kingdom in February 2019. The Committee, meeting in Geneva, will examine what steps the Government has taken to meet its obligations under CEDAW, including the position in Northern Ireland.
The event, which took place in Belfast, was very well attended with representation from a wide range of organisations involved with and working on behalf of women in Northern Ireland. We heard from MLAs Megan Fearon and Carla Lockhart and from Carol McCabe from the Department for Communities. The keynote speaker was Professor Ann Marie Gray from the University of Ulster. They each presented their own perspective on the importance of CEDAW and of working to advance gender equality in Northern Ireland.