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Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women Thirty-first session: Consideration of Fifth Periodic Report of Bangladesh. Summary records of the 653rd and 654th meetings

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Publication Date: Aug 2004
Resources allocated to the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs in Bangladesh have increased fivefold in the last three years. This was one of the achievements flagged up by the delegation from Bangladesh as they presented their Fifth Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. These two summary records provide detail of the discussions - stimulated by questions from the Committee - that began at the broadest level before moving Article by Article through the performance of Bangladesh in addressing discrimination against women. For example, while the Committee applauded the introduction of laws to address violence against women, the number of acts of violence against women has nonetheless increased, thus indicating the failure of these laws to act as an effective deterrent. At the end of the second meeting the Chairperson commended the representatives of Bangladesh on a range of achievements, including the increase in the girls' education and the empowerment of women through their integration into the labour market and through the provision of micro-credit to women in rural areas. The Committee were also pleased to hear the Government's intention to withdraw its reservations to two CEDAW Articles. The Committee made a number of recommendations, including the urgent need to improve the implementation of laws to address violence against women, and the need for a law on domestic violence that incorporates provisions against marital rape. A final statement urged the Government to recognise that polygamy, unequal inheritance, child marriage, repudiation and other violations of women's rights could not be justified in the name of respect for religion.
Resources allocated to the Ministry of Women and Children's Affairs in Bangladesh have increased fivefold in the last three years. This was one of the achievements flagged up by the delegation from Bangladesh as they presented their Fifth Periodic Report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women. These two summary records provide detail of the discussions - stimulated by questions from the Committee - that began at the broadest level before moving Article by Article through the performance of Bangladesh in addressing discrimination against women. For example, while the Committee applauded the introduction of laws to address violence against women, the number of acts of violence against women has nonetheless increased, thus indicating the failure of these laws to act as an effective deterrent. At the end of the second meeting the Chairperson commended the representatives of Bangladesh on a range of achievements, including the increase in the girls' education and the empowerment of women through their integration into the labour market and through the provision of micro-credit to women in rural areas. The Committee were also pleased to hear the Government's intention to withdraw its reservations to two CEDAW Articles. The Committee made a number of recommendations, including the urgent need to improve the implementation of laws to address violence against women, and the need for a law on domestic violence that incorporates provisions against marital rape. A final statement urged the Government to recognise that polygamy, unequal inheritance, child marriage, repudiation and other violations of women's rights could not be justified in the name of respect for religion.