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CEDAW concluding observations 2019, paragraph 38

UN recommendation

Plain English recommendation

Government should:

Take specific steps to increase the numbers of women in general, and ethnic minority women and disabled women in particular, in Parliament, the judiciary and decision-making positions in the Foreign Service and embassies. In Northern Ireland it should fully implement relevant laws that enable the use of gender quotas.


Original UN recommendation

The Committee recommends that the State party take specific targeted measures, including temporary special measures, to improve the representation of women, including “Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic” women and women with disabilities, in Parliament, the judiciary and decision-making positions in the Foreign Service and its diplomatic missions. It also calls upon the State party to take measures to address the low representation of women in political and public life in Northern Ireland, including by ensuring the implementation of Section 43A of the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976 enabling the use of gender quotas.

Date of UN examination

26/02/2019

UN article number

4 (temporary special measures), 7 (political and public life)

Last updated on 08/10/2019