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cedawAt the initiative of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations, a group of civil society organizations formed the CEDAW Alliance in November 2015 .  

The 38 Alliance members unite their commitment to women and gender equality policy with their commitment to human rights.

The common objective is the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in Germany.

In a process that took more than a year, they formulated all their political demands to present to the CEDAW Committee their alternative view of the situation in Germany and to lend weight to these demands to be made of the Federal Government.

The text of the report emerged during lively discussions in the working groups, the results of which can be seen in the chapters Introduction, Education and Role Stereotypes, Professional Life, Participation and gender budgeting, Violence against women, Health and International issues. This report follows the same structure. An editorial group made up of elected representatives of the Alliance was, in consultation with the working groups and their spokespersons, responsible for amalgamating these texts into a joint report. Both the working groups and the editorial group put great emphasis on taking into account cross-sectional issues which are key for a social and gender-equitable society: Age, poverty, bodyism, women with disabilities, LGBTIQ, migration and flight, differences between East and West Germany, racism and social origin were of particular importance for the entire work and discussion process. The cooperation was based on a statute jointly agreed on where members of the Alliance all had the same voting rights. The use of a severability clause ensures that the participating organizations can support the content within the boundaries of their respective mandates and in cases where they don’t share the view of the report they can highlight this specifically. The process of writing the alternative report was supported by a solidarity contribution from all Alliance members.

Extract from Preface by Dr. Anja Nordmann

Office of the National Council of German Women’s Organizations,

Coordination office of the alternative report process of the CEDAW Alliance

Direct Link to Full 61-Page Germany 2016 Alternative CEDAWReport: http://www.weibernetz.de/CEDAW_Alternative_Report_2016_long_engl.pdf




    Anne Offermans said:
    January 7, 2017 at 10:30 am

    Dear Roxana,

    Very interesting and happy that you have sent this report to us. Great work of our neighbours.

    Happy New Year to you.

    Kind regards,

    Anne Offermans (VVAO)

    A.Kühler-Oostra said:
    January 7, 2017 at 11:32 am

    Thanks for this interesting report, do I understand that it has also gone to our NLCedaw committee? What is a severability clause in Dutch? Good Luck in 2017 to the Board from Audrey and Edith, please contact me for an appointment.

    Basema Salman- Spijkerman said:
    July 10, 2017 at 6:41 am

    The link provided for the report is not working, could you please provide the correct link to access the report,
    Thank you,
    Basema Salman- Spijkerman

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