The seminar is organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union in cooperation with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and will take place on 22 October 2009 at International Conference Centre Geneva (CICG). It primarily targets members of parliaments of those States parties to the Convention whose reports were considered by the CEDAW Committee during the course of 2009 and or will be considered at the beginning of 2010.
This year, the seminar aims at taking stock of progress made in the field of gender equality 30 years after the coming into being of the Convention. Specific attention will be placed on violence against women and inequality in the labour market. The seminar also aims to identify opportunities for strengthening parliament's role both in the reporting process, including preparation and presentation of reports, and in follow-up to the Committee's concluding observations on the reports. Several experts, including a member of the Committee, a member of the Committee’s Secretariat and a member of parliament with experience in this field, will facilitate the seminar. The afternoon session will focus on the theme The Optional Protocol to CEDAW is 10 years old: achievements and challenges.