Photo Exhibition "WOMEN CAN! Womens Rights are Human Rights" to mark the 30th Anniversary of CEDAW

Opening ceremony of the photo exhibition.

Opening ceremony of the photo exhibition. Homayoun Alizadeh, Regional Representative of the South-East Asia Regional Office, Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) (left), Noeleen Heyzer, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (centre right), Jean D' Cunha, Regional Programme Director, UNIFEM East and Southeast Asia Regional Office (right).

The photo exhibition "WOMEN CAN! Womens Rights are Human Rights" opened on 17 November 2009 to mark the 30th Anniversary of Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It was launched at the reception hosted by UNESCAP at the occasion of the "High-Level Intergovernmental Meeting to review regional implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action and its regional and global outcomes" here in Bangkok.

The exhibit was organized by the UN Asia Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism's Thematic Working Group on Gender Equality and Empowerment of Women to celbrate the achievement of women in the region. The Thematic Working Group serves as a forum for region-based UN partners to enhance the UN system's work at the regional level in promoting gender equality and empowerment of women, within the context of the MDGs, the Beijing Platform for Action and CEDAW as mutuatlly reinforcing processes.

CEDAW was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1979 and came into force on 3 September 1981. As of 16 July 2009, 186 countries over ninety per cent of the members of the United Nations- are party to the Convention.

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