Rights & Reservations: Realizing CEDAW

Working Together: Equality Without Reservation Campaign

April 3, 2009

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The Equality without Reservation campaign is a regional campaign covering the MENA and Gulf Region. All Arab States have signed and ratified CEDAW but under so many reservations that the purpose of the convention is defeated. We understand this to mean that Arab states have never meant to implement CEDAW hence the numerous reservations they have institutionalised to block any possible useful implementation.

Open letter from ADFM to the Minister of Interior in Morocco

January 6, 2009

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We have been informed that local authorities, in agreement with representatives of tribes, have secretly given compensation to men only and have failed to publish the lists of beneficiaries as stipulated in the circular of the Ministry of Interior. An example of these practices has taken place in November of 2008 where women of the tribe of Saknia in the province of Kenitra were excluded from collectively-used lands benefits.

Press release: The withdrawal of the reservations to CEDAW by Morocco

January 6, 2009

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The royal letter to the Moroccan Consultative Council of human rights (CCDH) on December 10th, 2008 on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, announced the withdrawal of the reservations expressed to CEDAW at its ratification by Morocco in 1993.

Bahrain makes commitments to the CEDAW committee in Geneva

December 4, 2008

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Among the issues discussed at the CEDAW meeting was Bahrain’s civil society law which prevents NGOs from getting involved in politics, limiting the work of women’s organizations. The shadow report presenters emphasized the importance of lifting the CEDAW reservations, eliminating discrimination in the nationality law, and introducing a personal status law to help govern family issues such as marriage, divorce, and custody.

What Next for the Moroccan Campaign?: Interview with Rabéa Naciri, President of ADFM

February 2, 2007

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"The revision of Article 6 comes to supplement the Moudawana. It has a great range insofar as this article puts the father and the mother on equal footing. The identity of the child can be defined by his mother or father. In this sense, it is a significant blow related to the patriarchal status and to the 'primacy' of men to women," says Rabea Naciri.

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