Zohra Rasekh Elected to CEDAW

UNITED NATIONS, Jul 31 (PAN): Zohra Rasekh has been elected to the United Nations women's right body Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Rasekh received as many as 110 votes to be elected as the CEDAW member. In all 11 of the 18 women in the race from various parts of the world were elected as members of CEDAW.

This is the first time that Afghanistan has got representation in CEDAW. As CEDAW member, Rasekh would serve a four-year term beginning from January 1, 2009.

Calling her election a significant development for the country, Ambassador to UN Zahir Tanin said, "The election of Afghanistan's candidate indicates the continuing support of UN member states for Afghanistan.

It also reflects attempts of the Afghan government, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Permanent Mission of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the UN at strengthening the role of Afghanistan in the international arena."

As part of the committee, the 11 experts elected are expected to consider national reports and hold dialogue with government representatives on ways to improve national anti-discrimination policies.

They might also ponder complaints from individuals and groups, acting under an Optional Protocol to the Convention, of alleged violations of the rights protected by the Convention, should such claims arise.