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Cultural Diplomacy & Women’s Rights

Stressing the importance of Human Rights and Women Rights remains, even nowadays, highly important. Already in the Preamble to the Charter of the United Nation, Fundamental Rights and Rights for Women were emphasised by insisting on equality between men and women.

In that optic, the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 1979. As of July 2011, 187 states have ratified or acceded to the treaty. Described as an international bill of rights for women, it defines the meaning of discrimination against women, and establishes an agenda of action for the elimination of discrimination on the basis of sex in the civil, political, economic, social and cultural spheres, as well as specific areas concerning women and girls. The Convention moves beyond guarantees of equality and equal protection, and provides measures for the realization of equality between men and women. State parties have the duty to eliminate discrimination against women through legal, policy and programmatic means, as well as to report to the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women on measures taken to fulfil their commitments.

Cultural Diplomacy serves as means for facilitating dialogue and cooperation in the area of Women’s Rights. The exchange of ideas and of cultures, which can take place in different fields such as sport, literature, music, business, etc. as well as the inter-cultural dialogue on different level and in different sectors enable the progression of Women’s Rights.

With, for instance, a focus on women in politics, the effects of CEDAW can clearly be shown.

During the Discussions on Cultural Diplomacy and the Representation of Women in Politics, from 14th December 2013, Ferdous Ara Begum made an interesting presentation on CEDAW and its effect. She stated that ““power of cultural diplomacy can bring a change in the mind set of common people and attitude of government and political will to change the situation, to change the stereotypes about women rights”

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“Contemporary International Dialogue: Art-based Developments and Culture Shared between Nations”August 21st, 2013

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