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FIRST UGANDAN ELECTED ON UN COMMITTEE ON ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

By our reporter

Brenda Akia has become the first Ugandan to ever be elected by member states to join the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) for the term 2023-2026.

Akia was elected with 139 votes, ranking second among 12 winners out of 23 candidates.

The CEDAW Committee consists of 23 independent experts on women’s rights from around the world who monitor the implementation of the Convention of the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW Convention).

Adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, the CEDAW Convention is the most important treaty for women as it is a tool that helps women around the world to bring about change in their daily life.

In countries that have ratified the treaty, CEDAW has proved invaluable in opposing the effects of discrimination, which include violence, poverty, and lack of legal protections, along with the denial of inheritance, property rights, and access to credit.

Akia’s election is a big win for Uganda because since the CEDAW Convention was adopted over 43 years ago, this is the first time a Ugandan is being elected to the CEDAW Committee.

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“Congratulations Brenda Akia for being elected to the UNCEDAW. I thank my team especially Marvin Ikondere for a job well done. Uganda is among 12 elected countries out of 24 excellent candidates,” Uganda’s Permanent Ambassador to the UN Adonia Ayebare said.

Akia is a Ugandan human rights lawyer passionate about using her legal and research skills and competence in international human rights, international law, humanitarian law, transitional justice, and international criminal law to: change abusive and discriminatory laws, policies, and practices, promote girls and women’s rights, and push for accountability for girls and women’s rights abuses, including impacts of climate change and international crimes.

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