Gender equality in Estonia to be discussed in UN committee
Deputy Under-Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marina Kaljurand was in New York to present to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women the measures that Estonia has taken for the compliance with the respective convention.
In the words of Marina Kaljurand a review of the report as well as additional information was presented. "The presentation was received well and the feedback was positive," said Kaljurand. She added that, according to the committee members, the presentation of the report and the accompanying discussion would warrant a better implementation of the provisions of the convention. The discussion of Estonia's report will continue on January 29th when the Estonian delegation will answer any questions posed.
The Republic of Estonia acceded to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women on 26 September 1991. The objective of the convention is to guarantee the observation of the principle of equal rights and human dignity and equal participation of men and women in the political, public, economic and cultural life of their country. The document forbids discrimination against women and obligates countries that have acceded to it to take measures for the elimination of discrimination against women. Presently, 168 countries have acceded to the convention.
All these countries are obligated to present periodical reports on legislative, judicial, administrative and other measures that have been implemented to enforce the provisions of the convention, as well as on the progress made in the field. The reports are presented to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women consisting of 23 independent experts. The committee examines the reports at its annual session.
In June 2001 Estonia presented the summarized report of its first, second and third periodical reports regarding its compliance with the provisions of the convention. The agenda of the committee's session from January 14th to February 1st at UN headquarters, in addition to the Estonian report, also contains the discussion of the reports submitted by Iceland, Portugal, Russia and other countries. The Estonian 5-member delegation consists of the officials of the ministries of foreign affairs and social affairs.