HRC HRC 26th Session, Interactive dialogue with the WG on discrimination against women
Interactive dialogue with the WG on discrimination against women
Interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on the right to education
Geneva, 16 June 2014
Thank you Mr. President.
Austria would like to thank both the chairperson of the WG and the Special Rapporteur for the comprehensive presentations. We will focus our intervention on the report of the WG on discrimination against women in law and practice.
We welcome the present report of the WG on discrimination against women in economic and social life, with a focus on the economic crisis.
Still today there are far too many women around the world suffering from economic and social exclusion. There are still far too many discriminatory laws which create barriers to women’s formal or informal employment and to their enjoyment of economic and social rights and there are still far too many roles and responsibilities assigned to women and men on the basis of stereotypes often putting women to a subordinate status. We all have to admit that no country has succeeded in closing the gender gap in all aspects of economic and social life. Therefore, more effective actions and responses at all levels are needed.
One of the recommendations contained in the report is to ensure women’s access to judicial redress and remedies for discrimination in economic and social life. We would be appreciated if you could share with us some good practices in this regard.
The report also clearly states that violence against women in all its forms, whether in private or in public, including in workplaces, undermines women’s capacity to fully and effectively participate in economic and social life. We would be interested to know whether the WG is planning to put more emphasis on this issue during the next years. Austria commends the visit of the Working Group to China and hopes that China will continue to welcome special procedures as announced during the 2013 UPR.
The Working Group found a lack of effective judicial remedy for women in cases of discrimination and violence against women in China. Could the WG further elaborate which legal and policy measures would be most urgently needed to remedy the situation and provide a rule of law based redress mechanism?
In addition, we would like to know whether the WG has any specific recommendations for the interaction between the authorities and civil society in the run-up to the CEDAW Committee’s review of China this autumn.
With regard to the country visit to Iceland, the WG recommends in the report that the country should introduce domestic violence legislation which improves the mechanisms for prevention, punishment and protection. Austria would be interested to receive more detailed information on this issue.
I thank you.