November 10, 2020/KATHMANDU-
Women rights activist Bandana Rana has been re-elected to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for the second term.
The elections were held during the 21st Meeting of the States Parties to the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women in New York on Monday.
Rana has obtained 137 votes, the third-highest among 19 candidates contesting the election.
The former journalist was one of the eleven candidates elected for the term of 2021-2024 from Netherlands, Bahamas, Lithuania, Ghana, Australia, Mexico, Lebanon, France, Philippines, and China were also elected.
Rana, who is currently serving as the Vice-chair of the CEDAW Committee, is the first Nepali national serving in the Committee.
She has over three-decade-long experiences of working in the field of gender equality and women’s rights.
Upon being re-elected, Rana expressed gratitude to the Government of Nepal and all States Parties for their support and cooperation.
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women was adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1979 and came into force in 1981.
The number of its States Parties today stands at 189.
Nepal became a State Party to the Convention in 1991, and also acceded to its Optional Protocol in 2007.
The CEDAW Committee is a UN Human Rights Treaty Body consisting of 23 independent experts elected by the States Parties to the Convention.